Community Park Design
The South Eugene neighborhood is in need of an updated and revitalized neighborhood park. The local pétanque team has voiced their desire for a place to play, as they have been using the underused baseball field for league games. The baseball field is not of regulation size and is just down the street from the Amazon Ball Fields. The community has also asked that the play area be updated and the broken spray’n play be fixed.
After assessing the needs of the community and conducting a site analysis, this design responds to the collective opportunities presented on this 2.81 acres neighborhood park. A project inspired by Joan Iverson Nassauer’s “Messy Ecosystems, Orderly Frames”: This design is meant to cultivate habitat for birds, bees and butterflies while bringing beauty to the neighborhood.
In Fall the bright yellow Ginkgos light up University & 24th Street. In Winter the native Red Twig Dogwoods shine, providing habitat for birds through the cold months. In Summer there is opportunity to for play and enjoying the water.
Management Collect pruned branches from the yearly pruning of the Red twig Dogwood to be held by an orderly frame. The branches provide birds and other wildlife refuge during extreme temperatures and severe weather year-round.
European Hornbeam Allee & Waterfall Splash Terrace
Suspension Bridge Through Red twig Dogwood Swale
Although the park is situated in a neighborhood that varies in aesthetic the idea of this projects was to develop a conversation within the community about balancing habitat for non-human and human species in the urban environment.