Category Archives: Park Planner

Line Streets, Sidewalks, And Beyond

Photos Courtesy Of Pine Hall Brick Company

Stroll through downtowns, city parks, college campuses, and backyards to see the oldest trend return: genuine clay brick pavers used in sidewalks, streets, driveways, and patios. Because the pavers are the same color throughout, they combine classic aesthetic appeal with today’s emphasis on “green” construction. Durable enough to last centuries and made from clay and water—two of the most abundant building materials on the planet—these pavers are the essence of sustainability.  Some of the newest clay pavers are “green” twice:  … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, December 2013, Issues, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Retrofitting For Sustainability

To address environmental issues and create a site that meets the needs of the community, the Grass Lawn Park project was completed in three phases. 
Photos Courtesy Of Bruce Dees & Associates, LLC

For more than 30 years, GrassLawnPark has been the most utilized “year-round” park in Redmond, Wash., providing a variety of recreational opportunities and a unique respite in the middle of an urbanized area. After many years as a valuable regional amenity, the park’s fields and facilities were in need of renovation. Poor drainage affected the park’s winter-use potential, while the community was emerging with changing recreational needs that the old park could no longer satisfy. In response, the city’s parks … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business, September 2013 | Leave a comment

Splash, Trickle, And Flow

Mistakes in design and installation give water features a mixed reputation, despite the fact they can provide valuable elements in landscaping. Several key issues are often overlooked during the conceptual phase by designers who may not understand the intricate patterns of flowing water, the limitations of mechanical components, or the complex environment of microorganisms living in water. This may result in future problems: Excessive waste of water Difficult installation Costly operation and maintenance. This article is intended to describe a … Continue reading

Posted in August 2013, Columns, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

The “Mane” Attraction

Nine large granite lion heads were found
during site excavation work. Of those,
three were chosen to be used for the
new water feature at the park in Boston's Allston neighborhood.

It’s fairly difficult to miss seeing a lion, but it appears that several of these beasts were overlooked for quite some time before they were re-purposed and thrown into a Boston park to play with children. Did I mention they are made of granite? A water spray feature built by Harvard University now contains large, granite lion heads—items discarded and long forgotten until they were discovered during soil excavation work in Boston’s Allston neighborhood by university employees. Officials retrieved the … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, July 2013, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment

Made For The Shade

Brunnera “Jack Frost,” has bright, silver leaves and contrasting green veins. 
Photo Courtesy Of Walters Gardens

Often overlooked in designing gardens is the opportunity to develop striking visual interest in shady spots. Because most flowering plants prefer bright, sunny locations, it is often assumed that shaded areas will end up with uninspired swaths of deep, dark greens with little—if any—interesting features to tempt visitors. But there are wonderful choices of plants to include in shady nooks to spark interest and invite attention. Brunnera Macrophylla For a truly striking plant that can be seen from a distance … Continue reading

Posted in Columns, Issues, June 2013, Park Planner, Parks and Rec Business | Leave a comment