City of McFarland
Veteran's Memorial Bus Stop
In February 2015, the City of McFarland and KaBOOM transformed an abandoned site into a playful inviting space for low income kids and families of McFarland. We would like to continue building playful spaces to provide learning opportunities and entice motorists from their cars and onto their feet, a bike or bus.
Specifically, our project is to build a creative bus stop shelter with LED lights and solar power, WIFI spot, interactive play opportunities, including painted piano keyboard, chalk board, art wall and McFarland USA Movie illuminated feature. This bus stop shelter will be the first one installed on the eastside of McFarland, and it will sit on 100 Industrial Street, adjacent to the KaBOOM Playground. The project site is city owned, it is a commonly walked path to local schools, parks, and adjacent to future development plans for a community garden and trail. Therefore, this project will allow kids and parents various opportunities to "play" as they wait for the bus making transit fun!
As part of the bus shelter installation, we will construct the bus drop-off/pick-up zone, paved waiting area back from the curb, Emergency Call Box, install benches resistant to vandalism, weather, and graffiti, have anti-vagrant bars and anchored to prevent unauthorized movement. For the signage, we will install bus stop signs and several colorful "kids at play" signs to advertise that this is a playful area. Together, these installations will help create an environment where kids and families will feel much more safe and comfortable riding the bus.
For the play opportunities, we will install small play area either off to the side or behind the enclosure, and/or a Chalk Giant piano keyboard feature as a space to incorporate play by making it creative, accessible, and inspiring to users. These opportunities will allow the kids to play, intermingle, increase social skills, and art skills. Additionally, we will plan on painting piano keyboard on the back of the enclosure and/or sidewalk games- one hopscotch and three mazes.
- Andrea Miranda