Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUL 2012

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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Vendors Concrete Sidewalks: Stone Age Pavers, Jacksonville, FL Landscape: B&L Landscape, Jacksonville, FL Irrigation System: Rain Bird Lighting and Controls: Delta Fountains, Jacksonville, FL Manufacturer: Eaton Corp Variable Frequency Pump Drives, Fayetteville, NC Park Lighting: Fixtures: Architectural Area Lighting, City of Industry, CA Kim Lighting, City of Industry, CA Pylon Lighting: Pixel Range, Knoxville, TN Tables and Benches: Manufacturer: Dumor Site Furnishings, Mifflintown, PA Vertical Turbine Pumps: Manufacturer: Sulzer Pumps, Houston, TX Top The 200-foot diameter fountain projects a curved, radiating walkway to the river, accentuated by 22 25-foot Medjool date palms, while eliminating elevation changes. One-hundred-thirty-five color-changing LEDs were added to create a programmed light show with synchronized music. Bottom The original hardscape offered minimal shade, had subpar seating and broken- down picnic tables. The Southbank Riverwalk was rebuilt with decorative sidewalks. Maritime lighting, railings and benches and tables (Dumor Site Furnishings) were site upgrades. Eighty percent of the concrete was replaced with Tifway 419 Bermuda sod and native plants. In late 2010, the city of Jacksonville, along with the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission (EDC), set out to reclaim the acclaim the iconic downtown attraction had earned in the past. A team of professionals, led by EDC head Paul Crawford, ASLA, and landscape architect Chris Flagg, were tasked with developing a vision and a site plan to reestablish the majesty of Friendship Park and the fountain. In the park, 76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Hundreds of attendees celebrated the end of a nine-month, $3.1 million restoration of the Friendship Park and Fountain in Jacksonville, Fla., at a June 2011 reopening ceremony fitting the city's most recognizable landmark. Built in 1965, Friendship Fountain was the largest and tallest fountain of its time, but after decades of deterioration, the water feature and surrounding park were in desperate need of an update. 80 percent of the original concrete was replaced with green space to mitigate the heat index, and a small grassed amphitheater with stone seat walls was added to provide casual seating and an entertainment venue. Native landscaping of live oaks, grasses, palms and ground covers minimize irrigation requirements and provide shade, accents and buffering to the space. The entrance area wall was lowered, and the adjacent oak tree area was converted into a picnic space with new tables, chairs and trash cans. New benches were also added throughout the park. Engineers overhauled the water feature with new pumps, fountainheads and mechanical support systems, and maintenance improvements included new plumbing, roofing, a chlorine tank and installation of three new turbine pumps. When all three pumps run at maximum capacity,

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