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Arizona Receives First SITES Approved Park





George "Doc" Cavalliere Park, designed by SmithGroupJJR and Floor Associates, in collaboration with Weddle Gilmore Architects, has been awarded a "three star" certification by the Sustainable Sites Initiative.


George "Doc" Cavalliere Park in Scottsdale Ariz. is the first Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) approved park, and has been awarded a "three star" certification. SITES, is a national program that recognizes sustainable landscapes for their exceptional planning, design, construction and maintenance.

The park, designed by SmithGroupJJR and Floor Associates, in collaboration with Weddle Gilmore Architects, is located on 34 acres of rugged Sonoran Desert terrain and uses 100 percent native plants and all existing native trees. Cacti and plant communities were preserved in place or salvaged and re-used on site to restore desert upland and riparian plant communities.

Other sustainable features include on-site storm water management, reuse of materials salvaged on site, permeable paving in parking areas and driveways, and incorporation of sustainable technologies such as photovoltaic panels and LED lighting.

The City of Scottsdale, Ariz., played a significant role in the success of Cavalliere Park. According to its principal designer, Floor Associates' partner Christopher Brown, the City's high level of involvement and keen interest was a welcome plus and positively affected the outcome of the project, including its achievement of SITES certification.

"Doc Cavalliere Park is the result of more than 20 years of planning and forward-thinking and dedication by the City of Scottsdale," Brown said. "The park's latest honor is a direct result of the high involvement of residents and stakeholders, and the city's progressive stance towards sustainability," he added.

Completed in 2012, the $4.3 million community park features multi-purpose synthetic turf fields, basketball courts, a shaded playground area, hiking trails, and gathering areas.

For more information about SITES, please visit sustainablesites.org.

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