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High Performance Landscape Guidelines Releases




Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner. "I'm grateful to the Design Trust for Public Space, and the peer landscape architects, for collaborating with NYC Parks and our landscape architects to produce a manual that will accomplish the goals of PlaNYC."
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The New York City Parks Department, with the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit organization that helps create sustainable guidelines for NYC buildings, has released the 273 p. document High Performance Landscape Guidelines: 21st Century Parks for NYC.

The guidelines, touted as a comprehensive, municipal design primer for sustainable parks and open space, can be downloaded www.nycgovparks.org/sub_about/go_greener/green_capital.html

"The parks we are creating now will connect the many people who design, build, and take care of New York City's open spaces so that every park is attractive and sustainable," explained Adrian Benepe, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner. "I'm grateful to the Design Trust for Public Space, and the peer landscape architects, for collaborating with NYC Parks and our landscape architects to produce a manual that will accomplish the goals of PlaNYC, reduce our impact on the environment, and meet the increasing and increasingly diverse recreational needs of New Yorkers. From planting green roofs to implementing innovative stormwater run-off strategies, sustainable practices will help us design for a higher level of use, and a higher level of environmental responsibility."

The guidelines document covers every aspect of creating sustainable parks, from design to construction to maintenance, and feature many best practices for managing soil, water, and vegetation resources.

When we think of NYC it's often of the canyons of buildings and taxi-chocked streets, but the city has over 29,000 acres of parkland.

Deborah Marton, the executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space described the "high performance" in the title of the guidelines as "open spaces that help store and clean stormwater, clean and cool the air, provide habitat for wildlife, and give New Yorkers beautiful public spaces (that) function as a kind of green infrastructure."

The guidelines make available state-of-the-art park design practices, and create a base of common knowledge for the parks department's staff, 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 delight for generations to come.

Landscape Guidelines builds on the Design Trust's previous publications, High Performance Building Guidelines (1999) and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines (2005). These two publications led directly to the enactment of local laws that encourage high performance construction, and also paved the way for Mayor Bloomberg's recent sustainability initiatives.

In composing the guidelines, NYC Parks landscape architects and operations specialists collaborated with Design Trust project fellows: Michele Adams, Meliora Environmental Design; Steven Caputo, NYC Mayor's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; Jeannette Compton, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation; Tavis Dockwiller, Viridian Landscape Studio; and Andrew Lavallee, AECOM Design + Planning.


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