Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 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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88 Landscape Architect and Specifier News area. The prairie has historical significance for the Texas native coastal landscape. The tall prairie grasses provided a hiding place for the Texian Army while they waited to attack Santa Anna's army in the Battle of San Jacinto. Restoring the land to its native state is just another facet that was included in the design of Juan Seguin Park. History has been restored through creative design, careful detailing, materials selection and the introduction of graphics so that visitors and native Texans alike can learn about the historical significance of the area and enjoy it for years to come. Situated close to destinations like the USS Texas and the San Jacinto Monument, the park is an asset to the community and visitors and furthers historical educational opportunities, in addition to serving as an instructive example of repurposing a degraded site. Top Left: While old San Jacinto town is lost to the history books, its plat (detailed scaled layout of the town) is depicted in this plaza with granite cobbles and tumbled brick. Bottom: Anglers who used to cast from the eroded shore can now fish from the wide Treks composite wood boardwalk overlooking Ship Channel. Seventy-foot piers buttress the boardwalk. Custom 42" tall post cable railings (3/16" stainless steel cable) provide dock safety without blocking the view of the channel. Graphics (right) detail the timeline of the Houston Ship Channel and the history of the Port of Houston. The large cranes (right) are present as part of the $7.7 million repairs of the ferry landings, mooring points, fender systems and loading ramps damaged by Hurricane Harvey last year. Juan Seguin Park Continued from page 86 Landscape Architect: Clark Condon General Contractor: Landscape Art Graphics: DG Studios Engineering: -electrical: DBR -civil/structural: Klotz Harris County Precinct 2 Parks Director: Kyle Kelley Project Manager: Bob Faulds, Harris County Public Infrastructure Dpt. Commissioner Jack Morman Team Right: This 10'x12' 4-post fabric shade structure is among three along the curvilinear sidewalk that skirt the playground. A wave pattern is sandblasted into the walkway. The 4-seat pedestal table has ipe slats (Dumor Site Furnishings). Graphic panels throughout the park relate site history. The beginning of the prairie restoration can be seen in the background. Plants and seeding have accelerated its establishment and biodiversity of species.

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