Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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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40 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued on page 42) Milliken (Continued from page 38) unvegetated site also helps sequester three tons of carbon annually. The park provides a space for outdoor recreation and relaxation for a projected one million visitors per year; offers lunch time and after work hours educational and recreational activities to the nearly 11,000 people working in the nearby General Motors Renaissance Center complex; and affords educational opportunities for more than 1,641 visitors through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Explorer programs to share information, conduct tours and answer questions about the park and the riverwalk. Programs and topics addressed include Fishing 101; What Kind of Fish is This?; Detroit Riverfront Birding; Bird Conservation through Citizen Science; Michigan State Parks: Connecting Michiganders to Nature and History; and What is the Michigan DNR? Growth in attendance has increased over 300 percent since the program began in 2010. Interpretive Shelters Additional education is offered through five ADA accessible interpretive shelters with signage illustrating the native, industrial and social history of the riverfront. A memorial to Peter Stroh, former chairman of the Stroh Brewing Company (founded in Detroit in 1850), features a bronze bust, plaque, water feature and an 800-square foot concrete courtyard with seating Top The park honors Peter Stroh, former chairman of the Stroh Brewing Co. (founded in Detroit in 1850), an advocate for the restoration and improvement of the Detroit River, with a bronze bust, plaque, water feature, courtyard sculpture (by Mino Kramer) and seating area. This is one of the park's lushest areas, boasting 'Green Mountain' sugar maples, American sycamores, ironwoods, 'Shadblow' serviceberry, 'Jim Dandy' winterberry male pollinators, 'Shaver' winterberry, 'Nick's' compact juniper, 'Summerwine' ninebark, Canadian wild rye, Black-eyed Susans, woody thyme, 'Waterperry' blue speedwell and 'Blue Flag' iris. Bottom The pedestrian and nonmotorized trail is designed to encourage a range of users. The color concrete is by Scofield. In contrast to other open spaces on the waterfront, the park was designed with limited manicured landscape areas, relying instead on a palette of native materials. 'Green Mountain' sugar maples and red oak canopy trees are in this view looking east.

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