Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2018

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The park design uses seat walls of native Carolina granite and native trees and shrubs to frame an open central lawn. The granite walls embody the famous geology of the region and give definition to the park's many garden sub-spaces. There are numerous entrances into the park, a garden walking circuit around the perimeter and many paths through it. Park features include two large fountains, an arbor, public art and areas for diverse programs. The largest and most central feature in the park is an open, gently sloping lawn that acts as an amphitheater for staged performances all year- round. Approximately a quarter mile of walking paths encircle the lawn, winding through thousands of native and ornamental trees, shrubs, and flowers. Other significant project elements include the University of North Carolina's Charlotte Center City Building (UNCC) with its associated café and plaza, a new park building with a community meeting room and public washrooms, extensive stone walls, public art and the two fountains, which are the focus of this article. The fountains bring people to the park. They animate it and provide its identity. They also fulfill one of the primary objectives for the project: Top, Left: The angles of the water jets for the North Fountain are part of the fountain experience, framed by the arbor's slanted columns and sloped joists and focused on the city skyline. Creative lighting at both fountains extends enjoyment of the park into the evening and provides rich, diverse experiences. Bottom, Left: The South Fountain is framed by an "outcrop" of Carolina granite, providing a place to climb and sit while enjoying the water spray and central lawn. Cut granite seat walls are a signature park feature. The park also has over 60 benches, scattered throughout, that can offer respite. Middle: The First Ward Park fountains enrich the park experience, attract new and return users and contribute to the settings for introspective sculpture, as well as for large cultural events such as the Charlotte Women's March in January 2018. Over 100 new native ornamental trees and thousands of native shrubs and flowers frame edges of the lawn. 52 Landscape Architect and Specifier News

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