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SUN Native Plant Park

Seattle, Washington

SCOPE OF WORK:
Public process facilitation, concept through schematic design

STATUS:
Completed 2009

CONSTRUCTION COSTS:
$120,000

CLIENT:
Saving Urban Nature, Cascade Land Conservancy

Johnson+Southerland worked with a community group, Saving Urban Nature, and the Cascade Land Conservancy to design a native-plants themed pocket park in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. The park showcases native plants, their features, associations, traditional uses, and how they can be used in garden design. The park is both an interpretive trail and a community gathering place with low-profile signage, benches, meandering paths, a dry stream bed, and a "lookout rock". Supported by the City of Seattle, Johnson+Southerland conducted a series of public meetings as part of the schematic design process.

J+S worked with a community group and the Cascade Land Conservancy, who were engaged in a public/private partnership to turn a "skinny-house" site into a community amenity in the Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. The solution was to design a native-plants themed neighborhood park showcasing native plants, their features, associations, traditional uses, and how they can be used in garden design. The park includes an interpretive trail and a community gathering place with low-profile signage, benches, meandering paths, a dry stream bed, and a "lookout rock". Supported by the City of Seattle, J+S conducted a series of public meetings as part of the schematic design process.