About 25 people gathered Saturday to help design concepts for a new green space proposed for Scenic Drive between the Turtle Creek and Forest Point subdivisions. The group was divided into three groups, each of which designed a potential concept for the park. Keep the Rez Beautiful was awarded a $2,000 grant for beautification, and the organization selected this vacant site as the ideal one for enhancement.
While the three concepts were different, they shared many similarities. They called for screening along the edges of the park to provide privacy to nearby homes. They also called for preservation of wildlife habitat, especially the turtles and geese that frequent nearby Turtle Creek. Participants also added design features, such as rain gardens and pollinator gardens. Rain gardens consists of landscaping that captures storm runoff and allows it to naturally leech into the ground, rather than running off into surface water bodies. Pollinator gardens provide habitat and food for bees, pollinators and other pollinators.
Keep the Rez Beautiful will work with landscape architects to merge the concepts created at the charrette. This process will take place this fall. KRB hopes to have the trees planted in November.