Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 2019

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Hence, there is ecological and aesthetic value in the existing novel plant communities. The second premise was that the soils of the area consist of fill brought in by the railroad companies between 1860 and 1919 to stabilize the surface. Much of it is non-consolidated material resulting from construction projects in Manhattan, or refuse from throughout New York City and the surrounding area. It is classified as historic fill and has some limitations. Allowing public access via the creation of a trail system will have to creatively combine soils mitigation, boardwalk construction, plantings and some fencing to ensure the safety of pedestrians through the site. However, the site should maintain its urban ecological character. Landscape architect Margie Ruddick was brought in to develop a landscape plan for the site. Under her guidance, the plan focused on telling the story of a transformational landscape, a former rail yard now an urban wildland oasis. Visitors would walk along old rail lines that evoked visions of the industrial revolution while they looked for the hundreds of species of birds that migrate through the park in the fall. They would use the bird blinds to peer at the nesting waterfowl in the created wetlands during the summer and they would ride sleighs on the hills built with the fill material from the creation of those wetlands during the winter. Above, Right: On the land there was a former hexavalent chromium waste site that was transformed into a freshwater wetland after the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection removed 28,000 tons of contaminated material in 1993. It was following the removal of this chromium waste that the NJDEP constructed a 3-acre open-water pond and a 4-acre "wet meadow" with installation of indigenous vegetation. January 2019 69 Professor Frank Gallagher is the director of the department of landscape architecture at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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