Did you know September is Landscape Architecture Month in Manitoba?
Every year, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects compiles a growing list of events around Winnipeg to celebrate landscape architecture in the province.
Keep an eye out for events such as PARK(ing) Day, which began as a grassroots initiative years ago in San Francisco only to become a world-wide phenomenon. On Sept. 16, artists and designers will take over several parking stalls in the downtown area and convert them into pop-up parks for just one day.
You may not have realized that many of your favourite public spaces may have been designed by landscape architects. A landscape architect’s breadth of work ranges from residential design to community parks and gardens, to large-scale developments and more. In this article, the Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects would like to introduce you to a few projects that have been recently completed in your neighbourhood.
KILDONAN PARK POND AND PLAZA
As part of the Kildonan Park Masterplan project, the firm of Scatliff + Miller + Murray are redesigning the pond and plaza to address a number of issues.
Currently, the plaza and existing connections are not meeting accessibility standards, the pavement has cracked and shifted and surrounding retaining walls are failing. There are no gathering areas for visitors at this lower-plaza level and the pond is too small, which limits its ability to absorb run-off from the adjacent areas during heavy rains and spring melt. This results in poor water conditions and flooding of the Pavilion’s lower level.
The main goals of the re-design are to increase the health and function of the pond by expanding the pond area and volume as well as naturalization along the pond edge, to enhance the connection between the Pavilion’s interior and exterior, to create more accessible gathering spaces, and to create a beautiful setting for the redeveloped Pavilion by enhancing the viewing opportunities to and from the building.
Expansion of the pond will allow it to function better ecologically. The larger pond area will also maximize winter use such as skating and also by providing a better connection between the toboggan slides and the renovated warm-up area in the lower level of the Pavilion.
Naturalization of the pond edge will occur in strategic areas to maximize viewing opportunities and access points to and from the plaza area while maintaining the ability to deal with surface water run-off from surrounding areas. The naturalization of the pond edges will also provide a transition from hard landscape immediately adjacent to the Pavilion to the forest setting and redeveloped Lord Selkirk Creek.
The pond edge will be raised to provide a continuous seat wall providing much needed casual seating in the area as well as additional flood protection to the lower level of the Pavilion.
On outdoor fireplace will be incorporated into the lower level plaza. In combination with the expanded pond, better accessibility to the toboggan slides, and seasonal lighting displays, the Peguis Pavilion and pond will become a four-season attraction, and a key destination in Kildonan Park.
— Manitoba Association of Landscape Architects