January 12, 2011 by staff
Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe & Recreation is now joining the Mayor Chief of Staff of the long-term planning and sustainability David Bragdon and Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space Deborah Marton to announce the launch of Guidelines High Performance Landscape: 21st Century Parks to NYC during a reception at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village at 6:00 p.m. The guidelines can be found at www.”Nyc. Gov ‘/ parks / landscapeguidelines.
Guidelines landscape of high performance is the first document of its kind in the country: a comprehensive approach, primer design for sustainable municipal parks and open space. The product of a unique partnership between the Department of Parks and the Design Trust, a nonprofit organization that helped create guidelines for sustainable buildings in New York, High Performance Landscape Guidelines covers all aspects the creation of sustainable parks, from design to construction to maintenance, and the best feature of many practices for managing soil, water and vegetation resources.
“21st Century parks should not only be beautiful places, they must be healthy ecosystems,” said Commissioner Benepe. “The parks that we create today will connect people who design, build, and take care of green spaces in New York so that each park is attractive and durable. I am grateful to the Trust for design space public, and landscape architects peer for working with our Parks and landscape architects to produce a handbook that will achieve the goals of PlaNYC, to reduce our impact on the environment, and meet the growing and increasingly diverse leisure needs of New Yorkers. From planting to the implementation of green roofs innovative stormwater runoff strategies, sustainable practices will help us to develop a higher level of use, and higher level of environmental responsibility. ”
Often regarded as the best urban environment, New York City is actually the greenest city in the country, with more than 29,000 acres of parkland managed by the Park Service. Adopt the highest level of sustainable practices could lead to significant improvements to the tune of New York, water and soil, and how New Yorkers enjoy the city parks and open spaces.
“The landscapes of high performance are the parks and open spaces that help store rainwater and clean, clean and freshen the air, provide habitat for wildlife, and provide New Yorkers with beautiful public spaces, they function as a kind of green infrastructure, “said Deborah Marton. “Once implemented throughout the city, the landscape of high performance will have a huge impact on the health of our environment and quality of life.”
Guidelines available to practice on the state of the art design of the park, and create a common knowledge base of staff for the parks department as well as private consultants, contractors and community groups. The manual includes detailed descriptions and illustrations of design practices that will improve the performance of the landscape, their resilience, their responsiveness to context, and their ability to enjoy for generations to come.
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