Landscape Architect & Specifier News

OCT 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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166 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Washington ASLA Chapter Celebrates Park(ing) Day September 21, 2018 marked the 13th annual Park(ing) Day. Several chapters of the ASLA ventured outside to transform metered parking places into tiny parklets (pictured above). Many groups posted pictures of their parks on social media using the hash tags, #ParkingDay2018 and #aslapd18. The Washington Chapter of the ASLA held an awards ceremony the evening after the events of Park(ing) Day, awarding honors for the best tiny parks in the Seattle area. The awards given include: • The Pavement Upcycle Award, which recognized the most creative use of space. This award went to "Belltown Unicorn Zoo" by Form/Space Atelier. • The Collective Effervescence Award, which honored the park that was most connected to the community. This award was given to "Kelp Us Sea It Through" by Mithun. • The TRUST Award went to the parklet with the most interactive programming that engaged passersby in activities, discussion, and/or educational opportunities that were designed for TRUST (the theme of this year's Seattle Design Festival). This honor was awarded to "SEA-Saw" by VIA, but was presented to the runner up, as VIA was not represented at the ceremony. Philadelphia Tree Association Receives Grant TreePhilly, a program associated with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department, has recently received a $1.13 million grant that will begin in 2019. TreePhilly is an organization that has distributed over 21,000 trees to residences, streets and parks since 2012. Their citywide goal is to increase the tree canopy to 30% in all Philadelphia neighborhoods to combat the urban heat island effect. The grant will go toward planting 3,000 street trees, 9,000 residential trees, 6,000 shrubs and 8,000 trees in city parks and 375 trees at parks and recreation facilities. Some of the money will also be used to support the TreePhilly work crew, known as the TreeKeepers. This crew is made up of ex-cons who prune trees, remove invasive vines and weed to maintain the city's tree population. TreePhilly will also work with Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability in their Beat the Heat program, which works with neighborhoods with fewer trees than others and experience higher temperatures during summer months. To learn more about the TreePhilly program or to donate, visit I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 4 9

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