The Crystal Cove State Park is a famous state park located in Newport Beach in California, USA (Crystalcovestatepark.com, 2013). The park is popular for hiking and horseback riding. This is mainly because it covers 3.2 miles of beach (along the Pacific) and 2400 acres of woodland. The park borders the Laguna Beach in the north and the Corona del Mar on the south. Established in the late 1970s, the park has many tide pools and unexploited marine conservation area and an underwater park. Despite having an urban surrounding, the park has gentle sloppy hills, wooded canyons, ridges and wide sandy beaches that provide delightful scenery of the park (Crystalcovestatepark.com, 2013). The park depicts a natural example of seashore. It experiences a Mediterranean climate with foggy mornings during the summer. However, this fog reduces as the day breaks and is replaced by warm and sunny days that pave way to cool evenings. The recreational opportunities offered by the park are appealing to everyone. This is because the park caters for everybody from swimmers and surfers to outdoor enthusiasts as well as skin divers.
The position of the park and its closeness to urban life has created a pathway to urban sustainability. This is through its providence of recreational activities that can be attributed to the vast natural endowment of the park. The park provides a spectacular ocean panorama with contorted rocky cliffs that are significant for hiking. The drainage of the park runs all year round. “The water supplying the falls is from gardens, golf courses and streets” (McKinney, 2005). Many tide pool organisms are not successful when exposed to too much fresh water, fertilizer and asbestos. The topography of the park provides the observer with a view of undulating anticlines and synclines when the sand and the tide are low enough. The drainage and the topography are as illustrated in the diagrams below.
The drainage of the park is all year round due to urban runoff.
Anticlines and synclines when the sand and tide are low
The analysis of the geology of the park provides various points of interest. The marine life, ocean environment and the rock sediments combine to produce fossils and the source of California’s petroleum rocks. Various building design principles that use the sun for heating, the wind for cooling and the daylight to provide natural light have a chance to be applied in the various sections of the park. The sun can be harnessed during the day. This can be applied even during summer when the fog has disappeared. The following diagram shows how the sun can be harnessed and the energy used in the beach houses. The application can be used to both the direct and the indirect heating circulation systems.
The wind is constantly available during the day and night. This provides a cooling effect that can be applied to the beach houses located at the beach of the park. There are catastrophic geologic events that are observed in the park even today. These include floods, earthquakes and landslides. Proper drainage can ensure that the floods are regulated and the water put into proper use. However, the youngest evidence of volcanism in the park is approximately 6 million years old. It is evident that the magma may rise again.
The cracks observed in the south side of the Los Trancos parking lot are evidence of faulting, clay soil expansion, contraction and mass wastage. A proper design can be applied to harness this energy and ensure that the park is safe for taking recreational activities. According to Tony fry, the design to be adopted should feature sustainability, ethics as well as incorporate new practices. This is because sustainability is the new modernity. As a result, renewable energy resources are available that are capable of sustaining the park. These include but are not limited to the presence of igneous rocks.