This past Saturday Jamila, Eugene and I attended Park Pride’s Annual Community Design Clinic. Thanks to Lynn and Brian for drafting a wonderful design which incorporates many different concepts-previously discussed at our Friends of the West End Park meetings.
The workshop was so much fun! When we finished, I was so excited and inspired I could hardly wait to share it with all of you. I’ll definitely bring the drawing to our next Friends of the West end Park meeting (April 15 @ 7pm)-in the meantime I thought I’d post pictures for you to see.
The theme of the park is SUSTAINABILITY and EDUCATION, we hope to provide environmental education, cultural and art-related activities that facilitate learning through positive experiences for park-goers. There’s a strong emphasis on children. We want to create interactive spaces where children can learn about the environment through topics such as growing food, harvesting water, wetlands, composting and understanding seasons in relation to vegetation.
The Children’s Area unites the existing playground to a Children’s Garden-where children can dig holes, make mud-pies, have their own planting events and grow sunflowers, herbs and other wonderful plants that children love. The areas are united by a maze this adds interest and keeps the children engaged. The area is circled by a path (made of recycled/sustainable materials), children can ride tricycles and bikes. The little squares represents a buffer (either posts or retaining wall) to protect the area from cars.
The pink circles that go around the park are flowering trees that provide ongoing blooms throughout the different seasons. Of course, in this dream design the sidewalks are repaired by the City!!! The basketball court has gutters added to the roof to collect water via rain-barrels. On the other side the water is directed to a mini-wetland that is part of our educational theme. We talked about converting that baseball field into a soccer field but still need to assess community preference.