January 1, 2016
By: Jeremy Kranowitz
1907 CAROLINE AVE; 46218
A community teaching garden where native plants and community garden beds combine to serve as a gathering space for education and celebration in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood.
VISION FOR THE SPACE
Long time project partner, Felege Hiywot Center, wanted to take an underutilized lot adjacent to a city park and create a teaching garden and native ecosystem to be utilized both by the Center and community at large. The park has three main goals, serve as a teaching center from community members, a gathering space for community celebrations, and reclaiming an underutilized lot for native plants and wildlife.
IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT
This project will work to accomplish many things:
- Sustainability through preserving the natural landscape and engaging the surrounding community
- Quality of Life by providing a space for learning, both through teaching and self-led discovery
- Sociability by creating a space where community members can interact and engage with one another through food production and gardening
- Accessibility by designing as park with the best interest of all community members in mind’
THE DESIGN PROCESS
Youth leaders from the Felege Hiywot Center engaged community members throughout the Martindale-Brightwood area. KIB has hired the design firm W/Purpose to assist the youth in the visioning process to help make their vision a reality. Utilizing the research done by the youth, as well as community design meetings, W/Purpose completed design for the space that balances all the elements important to all involved.
The work is complete. Come check out the greenspace!
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