Montreal transforms a dump into a park

Montrealers are enjoying St.Michel Environmental Complex, a former quarry and garbage dump that is a park-in-progress. The site is being transformed from wasteland into a new green park, gone are the trucks, the seagulls and smelly garbage. Currently the park is being capped with building rubble and soil. The park will include large open lawns, amphitheatre, skate park, BMX centre with some facilities already operational. Currently the park has 5 kilometres of trails covering 48 hectares for us to enjoy today – and in 2020 when the park is completed will be 192 hectares.

The site design maintains the topography of the quarry and was not filled to the top this was intentional design decision taken by the designers, so that the park reflected the evolution of the site.

Via Gazette

Westborough Park to receive $2 million improvements

Westborough Park in the center of South San Francisco is about to get a $2 million facelift and playground equipment. The funding will come from development fees set aside for the project.

San Francisco Examiner reports

The city is currently outreaching to architecture firms for proposals to do the park improvement work.  They’ll accept proposals until the end of November, City engineer Ray Razavi said.

A landscape architect should be hired by early 2010, he said………..South San Francisco officials hope to have the upgrades completed by the spring of 2011.

[SOURCE: San Francisco Examiner - South City park to receive $2 million improvements]

Downtown Miami’s Simpson Park is renovated

MiamiHerald.com reports

Two years ago, Miami and Audi of America began a joint effort to revitalize downtown’s Simpson Park, one of the city’s few remaining hammocks.

Last Friday, Carolina Monteiro, head designer of Enzo Enea Landscape Design in Miami, as well as Oppenheim, Sarnoff, Mayor Manny Diaz and Anja Kaehny of Audi celebrated Phase Two of “re:design Simpson Park” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the park’s grand opening.

SOURCE:  MiamiHerald.com – Downtown Miami’s Simpson Park is renovated, back from obscurity

City considers demolishing homes to develop two new parks

Just when the news seemed to be filled with shrinking cities and other cities having too much open space to maintain. It is refreshing to see a city, in this case Mountain View purchasing land with existing houses so that they may demolish them in the future to create open space for its citizens.

The city has $2.4 million to spend on building a new 27,000 square foot (approx. 2500 square metres) park on Mariposa Avenue and also a 16,500 quare foot (approx 1532 square metres) on Del Medio Avenue.

According to the Mercury News

the city council will consider awarding the design contracts to Santa Cruz-based SSA Landscape Architects and San Francisco-based Robert Mowat Associates.

Read more about the Mountain View plans at the [SOURCE:  Mercury News - Mountain View considers razing some homes to develop two new parks]

NY landfill parks could be open to the public next spring

New York’s two landfill parks at Fountain Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue could be reclassified as safe for public access by next spring according to a spokesperson from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The parks are currently closed as they are classified as a “significant threat to the public health or environment”.

The parks have undergone a transformation since 2004 when the first seeds were planted on the safety soil cap of the two landfill sites which were closed in 1985. Leslie Sauer, a founder of Andropogon Associates divided the parks into islands of different ecological niches with plantings representing different areas of the region with up 93% of the planting surviving.

The local residents envision various activities in the sites such as bicycle riding, performances in an amphitheater and fishing. The project has cost $200 million including the capping and planting of 33,000 shrubs and trees.

Information SOURCE: New York Times

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