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California Native Plant Experts
to Teach Landmark Class

San Francisco – Alrie Middlebrook, award winning garden designer, author, and California native plant expert, will teach a 10-part class along with Dr. Glenn Keator, field Botanist, entitled "California Natives in Style," for the Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in San Francisco.

The class will introduce participants to a new way in looking at Bay Area gardens. Instead of emulating designs that reflect other times and places, it highlights creation a new paradigm that reflects the Bay Area's own special place. California is home to an amazing array of plant communities and microclimates, each with its own set of provocative plants that immediately identify their origins. Regardless of the basic style of the garden or the house, California natives can create an appropriate palate for the specific place.

The class will address not only designs based on local plant communities – redwood forest, oak woodland, grassland, and chaparral – but will deal with problems in using natives and finding sources for them.

Field trips include Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley and various already established and new private gardens featuring natives.

"Nothing helps re-connect people to nature like designing and creating a native garden – right in your own backyard," said Middlebrook.

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Ecohouse Student Design Competition

BURLINGTON, Ma. – Architectural Press recently announced the 2003 International Student Design Competition for an Ecohouse. The challenge is to design an Ecohouse for your own home town, wherever it is. The two key aims are to make it:

a) Comfortable, with areas of real 'thermal delight'

b) A real 21st century building, safe from climate change, able to survive without relying on a great deal of fossil fuels.

Prizes include a first prize of $300. The competition is open to a student, or group of students in a School of Architecture anywhere in the world.

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If every home in America switched to new energy-efficient fixtures and bulbs, we could save the amount of fuel that adds 100 billion pounds of carbon dioxide into the air; that's the equivalent of removing 10 million cars from the road.

Miracle Recreation Enters the Realm of Skate Parks

Miracle Recreation's Ozone is a modular skatepark design.

Miracle Recreation Equipment Company introduces Ozone skatepark components-- their latest innovation in modular park and play equipment. Ozone steel-frame skatepark components offer durability approaching that of concrete at a cost closer to that of wood. And the modular design allows for change to the layout of a park as the needs change—tweak the skating area for flow, rearrange features for new challenges, or update the park with additional components. Visit today.

Lighted Street Signs: Fewer Distractions

The LED Illuminated StreetSign(TM)

AMITYVILLE, NY. – MagniFlood has recently introduced the LED Illuminated StreetSign(TM). The sign couples reflective media with LED technology, delivering a sign that can be seen from both sides. The sign is visible from hundreds of feet, day or night. Fewer driver distractions was one of the key reasons MagniFlood developed the product. The sign is energy efficient, durable, weather-resistant, easily maintained, pre-wired and factory tested. LED illuminated StreetSign is available in several colors and has several mounting options. The product offers a durable corrosion-resistant extruded aluminum casing, stainless steel hardware, and letters boldly outlined and mounted against a durable UV-stabilized opaque acrylic background. Visit

ASLA Call for Entries

WASHINGTON – The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) 2003 Awards Call for Entries has been released, featuring four categories of professional awards, including Design, Analysis and Planning, Research, and Communications.

"Landscape architecture is the most public of the arts," said Rodney L. Swink, FASLA, immediate past president of ASLA and a member of the Medals and Awards Review Committee. "Any truly successful project is a result of a collaborative effort, and in that spirit we want to invite our professional colleagues in other fields of design and construction to enter our 2003 Awards Program."

Any individual, firm, agency, or academic institution is eligible to enter the Design and Analysis and Planning categories as long as the project's participants include a landscape architect or a graduate or faculty member of a landscape architecture program. Anyone may submit entries in the Research and Communications categories.

Entries are also being solicited for the new Community Service Award, recognizing public service, and the Landmark Award, recognizing a project completed between 15 and 50 years ago that contributes significantly to the public realm.

The deadline for returning the Entry Form is Friday, May 2, 2003, and materials must be submitted by Friday, May 16, 2003. The Jury meets in late June. ASLA will announce the jury's selections on June 23 and the Awards Ceremony will be held during the ASLA Annual Meeting, October 30-November 3, in New Orleans.

Pesticide Licensing Fees Reduced in Montana

HELENA, Mont. – The House passed H.B. 420, to lower the annual license fee commercial pesticide applicators pay to fund the state's pesticide container collection, disposal and recycling program from $30 to $10. The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration. Under the new bill, the Department of Agriculture may by rule, adjust the disposal fee to maintain adequate funding for the administration of the waste pesticide container collection, disposal, and recycling program. The fee may not be less than $10 a year or more than $15 a year. Fees collected under this subsection must be deposited in the state special revenue account.

Government employees becoming certified applicators only to qualify for conducting pesticide education courses may not be charged a license fee but are limited to providing the courses. Government operators are subject to rules adopted in the bill including the license fee.

New Southern Gateway to Jacksonville Beach

The above rendering displays a portion of the proposed rennovations to the Southern Gateway to Jacksonville Beach in Florida.

JACKSONVILLE, Fl. – Ervin, Lovett & Miller, the Jacksonville architectural, land planning, landscape design firm, has recently completed Third Street Village, an upscale enclave of restaurants and shops which mark the new southern gateway to Jacksonville Beach. Ervin Lovett Miller created the architectural design, which included landscape and build-out of the 40,000 square foot retail facility – a former Pic-N-Save site.

Tim Miller, co-founder and partner in the firm, said the old store facility was torn down to make room for three new buildings of 18,500, 16,250 and 5,000 square feet, clustered to form an intimate and inviting retail village with multiple storefronts and pedestrian appeal. The project now houses two upscale restaurants – Bone Fish Grill, and Roy's – while another tenant space was leased to Rosenbloom's, a high-end men's clothing retailer.

The long abandoned Pic-N-Save has been a significant obstacle to restoring a sense of community to the neighborhood. Its 1970's design was very ordinary and lacked any neighborhood/environmental sensitivity – "A huge box with a lots of asphalt around it," Miller said. "When we initially looked at the site, there wasn't a single tree on the property," added Steve Lovett, another partner in the firm. "Our design is a significant departure from what was there and we think we have made a significant contribution to the revitalization of Jacksonville Beach," Lovett said.

STM Landscape Services becomes ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance

OAKTON, Va. – STM Landscape Services, recently announced a name change to ValleyCrest Maintenance. This reflects an evolution from a regional brand into one of the nation's leading landscape maintenance and construction service companies.

Acquired by ValleyCrest Companies in 2000, STM was founded as Shenandoah Turf Management by Gary G. Blosser in 1977, and has offices in Richmond, Oakton and Newport News, Va., and Gaithersburg, MD. "I'm proud of our strong local teams who continue their legacy of personalized attention and high quality service," said Roger J. Zino, President, ValleyCrest Manitenance. The company currently maintains landscapes and provides horticultural services for numerous properties including the Brandermill Community Association, and the Williamsburg Shopping Centers. ValleyCrest also provides comprehensive landscape maintenance services including turf and tree care, irrigation and water management, and snow services.



In a poll taken at the California Landscape Contractors Association Trade Show in Long Beach, CA, 61% of landscape industry professionals did not think that a war with Iraq will have any affect on the landscape industry. The general consensus was that people will stay home more, leading them to work on their yards more, or to have their yards landscaped into more comfortable and pleasant surroundings.

APLD Elects 2003
Officers and Board Members

Board of Directors from left to right: Samuel Salsbury, Jim Coile, Duane Morris, Rob Littlepage, Susan Weber, Deanna Pillarelli, Kathy Hubner, Sharon Turner, Linda Engstrom, Rosalind Reed, Pat Ouderkirk, Kathy Stokes-Shafer, Sue Blattner, Judy Nauseef, Nicolien van Schouwen, Judy DePue, Patrick Bones and Dennis Rydberg.

HARRISBURG – The Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) recently elected its Board of Directors for 2003. Linda Engstrom was elected president of the Board. Engrstrom's main goal as president of APLD is to reach out regionally with membership. APLD currently has a membership close to 1,000. Pat Ouderkirk was elected vice president. A seven-year member, Ouderkirk's goal as vice president is to continue working in areas of association and affiliations. "I feel that the greatest benefit is being in contact with other professionals in Landscape Design," noted Ouderkirk. "APLD has helped me grow professionally in all ways."

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Environmental Groups Sue EPA
for Weakening Clean Air Act

Washington, DC – According to a lawsuit filed in February by Earthjustice on behalf of a coalition of environmental and public health groups, the Bush administration's changes to a key provision of the Clean Air Act is illegal and will dramatically increase air pollution, threatening the health of millions of Americans,. The groups – American Lung Association, Communities for a Better Environment, Environmental Defense, NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and the Sierra Club – charge that on New Year's Eve the Environmental Protection Agency adopted illegal changes weakening the Clean Air Act's "New Source Review" program. This program requires industrial facilities to install modern pollution controls when they upgrade or modify their equipment and significantly increase their emissions.

"The administration's weakening of the Clean Air Act is bad news for anyone who breathes," said Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. "The Bush administration gave polluters the green light to ignore Americans' health and safety. President Bush should enforce the law and tell power plants, factories, and refineries to reduce their pollution so our communities are healthier places to raise families."

"This rule change enables facilities to continue poisoning America's skies by ducking long-overdue pollution controls," said Keri Powell of Earthjustice, one of the attorneys handling the case for the plaintiffs. "The American public should be outraged at the price they will pay in death, illness, and environmental destruction." Fifteen states already have filed similar challenges to the new rule.

Irromerter Releases WaterPerfect

WaterPerfect is a software program for users of Watermark Soil Moisture Automation Systems. The program provides the irrigation system user a tool for turf and landscape irrigation scheduling, as well as the tracking and reporting tools necessary for proper management of their water consumption records. Once the system manager has audited the site to be irrigated, that data is input into the program. Then an optimum schedule is generated, which the user programs into their irrigation controller. Factors such as distribution uniformity, precipitation rate, soil type, site slope, plant material, rooting depths, hydrozone of moisture controller and start times are taken into considertation. For more information visit:

National Trust's Capital Campaign Concludes on Time, $28 Million Over Target

SAVANNNAH, GA – In a reflection of America's growing commitment to preserving its rich heritage, the National Trust for Historic Preserv-ation has successfully concluded its first capital campaign on time and more than $28 million over goal.

Despite a slumping economy and mounting geopolitical tension, the National Trust raised $133 million from major foundations, corporations and many individuals during its Campaign for America's Historic Places. Launched in 1998 with a goal of $105 million, the effort is one of the largest and most successful fund-raising drives ever undertaken by a historic preservation organization.

The campaign ensures the financial independence of the National Trust, which has made a transition from an institution heavily dependent on federal support to a fiscally firm, privately funded organization. The campaign raised almost $25 million for the National Trust's endowment, bringing it to $100 million, a substantial increase from $77 million in 1997.

"We are witnessing a new preservation ethic taking hold in this country, where Americans increasingly value their historic treasures and long for livable communities," said National Trust President Richard Moe. "Our successful campaign, with its broad base of support, is an impressive demonstration of America's commitment to save historic places, preserve our national heritage, and plan sensible communities and downtown areas without sprawl."

Preservation's new prominence in the American consciousness will be further buttressed by two new communications partnerships of the National Trust. Working with celebrities such as Hal Holbrook and Sharon Stone, a major new public affairs program on Home & Garden Television (HGTV) will promote preservation through the restoration of 12 American landmarks that are part of the National Trust's Save America's Treasures program. Included are Mark Twain's home in Hartford, CN, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, Martin Luther King's home church in Atlanta, and the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. In partnership with the Advertising Council, the National Trust is launching the first national print and broadcast public service announcement campaign on behalf of preservation.

Property Owners Can Claim Land

BOSTON – The state's high court ruled recently that some property owners abutting abandoned railroad beds may have a legal claim to the land which could drive up the cost of acquiring rails-to-trails bike paths.

The Supreme Judicial Court decision, the result of a lawsuit by property owners in Western Massachusetts, means that thousands of people who live next to unused railroad rights-of-way own the land to the "centerpoint" of the rail bed, attorneys said.

While calling the SJC victory "sweeping," attorneys for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, said the high court ignored a key legal question: Once the trains stopped running, did the easements expire?

Some easements date back to the mid-19th century and attorneys argued the easements ended once trains stopped running. In the Williamsburg case, train service ended some 40 years ago.

Alexander A. Bernhard, a lawyer for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, said the easements survive under state and federal law because the restrictions on property were created to support transportation, regardless of the mode. Hikers, walkers, and bicyclists are – legally speaking – modern-day versions of steam and diesel engines, he said.

Craig Della Penna, the New England representative of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, said only about 15 of the 60 rail trails now in planning, acquisition, or construction in Massachusetts will be affected by the SJC's decision. He, as well as a spokesman for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, said the SJC ruling will have no impact on rail trails being built over MBTA-controlled land.

Della Penna also said only a few hundred yards of the 2.5-mile Williamsburg trail are impacted by the SJC decision.

He said rail-to-trail projects in Milford, Stockbridge, Andover, and Newburyport are among those that could be halted because of property rights disputes.

Amusement Park Industry Applauded

Washington – A report by the Brain Injury Association reaffirmed the findings of two independent scientific studies released earlier that roller coasters are safe and present no public health risk. The BIA, in fact, heralded the impressive safety record of the amusement park industry and called it “unlikely” that any federal agency could match the industry’s efforts to keep its guests safe. ”(The) report affirms the objective, scientific studies of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and of Exponent Failure Analysis, both of which conclusively demonstrated that roller coasters are safe and that amusement parks are one of the safest forms of recreation a family can enjoy,” said Clark Robinson, President of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions.

Fresno Park a Finalist for American Government Award

Children with disabilities enjoy Oso de Oro Lake Park

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Eight years after opening, Fresno's Oso de Oro Lake Park – a groundbreaking advance in fully accessible, multi-use recreational space – has made the shortlist for the sought-after Innovations in American Government Award, receiving a $10,000 grant as one of 15 finalists in the highly esteemed competition. The program is now eligible to win $100,000 in what is often referred to as "the Oscars" of government award programs.

With a pioneering design, the 10-acre park combines flood-control benefits with outdoor recreation, wildlife education and an early California history theme, creating a place where children of all physical abilities can enjoy a myriad of enriching activities together.

Most traditional parks and equipment exclude wheelchair users from play areas, restrooms and aquatic activities. So when Fresno's Metropolitan Flood Control District could not find a satisfactory prototype on which to base its park design, it launched an imaginative public-private partnership to design the park from scratch. Working with an all-volunteer citizen team, the District Board developed bold designs and financed their implementation with help from the community, public funds, volunteers and grants. The result: a park that opens doors for disabled citizens while shutting out floods.

Built inside a stormwater detention basin, Oso de Oro Lake Park makes superb use of the site to combine an array of thoughtful features that serve the entire community, including:

  • A stream, as well as a lake that provides groundwater recharge
  • Observation platforms where children can view aquatic habitat and wildlife
  • Two interpretive mazes providing tactile art, with paths, textures and colors to provide sensory stimulation for the visually impaired
  • Gently sloped walkways designed to support physical therapy and athletic training
  • Play equipment adapted to various physical mobility levels and padded for safety
  • Murals by local artists reflecting milestones in early California history
  • Fort and adobe ruins, and a reconstructed mining town with a gold panning area
  • Fully accessible restrooms

Gowher Rizvi, Director of the Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government says that Oso de Oro Lake Park has become the benchmark for creating recreation facilities.

"This park has established a standard of excellence for policymakers and park planning professionals nationwide," he said.

New Study Finds Political Will,
Leadership Key to Affordable Housing

WASHINGTON – Political, business, and community leaders need to recast affordable housing as "an issue of jobs and housing or of housing for workers" in order to achieve lasting success in providing such housing at the regional level, say the authors of a new report by the American Planning Association (APA).

In the first comprehensive report of its type in a decade, the authors conclude that affordable housing must be described as "crucial to keep a region economically competitive with other regions that already provide such housing."

In the study, Regional Approaches to Affordable Housing , Planning Advisory Service Report No. 513/514, APA researchers Stuart Meck, FAICP, Rebecca Retzlaff, and James Schwab, AICP, evaluated 23 programs across the nation to find out if they actually resulted in housing production and, if so, how. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and APA funded the study.

The report examines all major types of regional affordable housing programs, including: fair-share housing planning in California, New Hampshire, and New Jersey, as well as in the Portland metropolitan area; regional housing trust funds, a new phenomenon in four states, California, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington; an incentive-based program administered by the Metropolitan Council in the Twin Cities region; affordable housing appeals statutes in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut; private-sector and nonprofit initiatives, including those in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago.

In each case, the report identifies how many units of affordable housing were actually produced, rather than merely planned.

"The federal government withdrew support for regional affordable housing programs nearly a quarter of a century ago," noted Meck, a senior research fellow at APA. considerable void. Around the country there are a number of notable voluntary programs, but most are only scratching the surface. Some state governments have assumed a more substantive role by enforcing or overseeing regional approaches, with results turning on the degree of state commitment and financial resources."

IECA Looking for Presentations

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – The International Erosion Control Association is looking for a varied group of professionals to present technical papers, training workshops, poster presentations and other presentations at the Association's annual conference in Philadelphia, Feb. 16-20, 2004.

Any professional involved in earth-moving activities is encouraged to submit an abstract including, contractors, design professionals, government personnel, researchers, and manufacturers. Selection is very competitive. If the abstract is accepted, the author needs to submit a paper or presentation materials. The review committee then evaluates the paper or presentation materials for final acceptance into the conference program.

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Navroth Named President of Associate/ Affiliate Board of Directors for OPEESA

Dave Navroth

SOUTHAMPTON, PA – (March 2003) Schiller-Pfeiffer, Inc. announced the recent board appointment of Dave Navroth to President of the Associates / Affiliate Board of Directors for OPEESA (Outdoor Power Equipment and Engine Service Association). As President, Dave will be responsible for enhancing the support of the Associates / Affiliate members to the OPEESA Organization.

Grants Help Create Hundreds of
New Parks and Recreation Facilities

WASHINGTON – A recently released report shows that more than 1,300 new parks have been created or developed in the last three years with help from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund state assistance program.

The matching grant program was created by Congress in 1964 and is managed by the National Park Service. It provides assistance to states and communities for planning, acquisition and development of state parks and close-to-home recreation facilities that support healthy communities, smart growth, recreation for youth, open space protection and local economies throughout the country.

Among the many outstanding projects recently funded by the program: Multi-use trail projects such as the East Coast Greenway in Daytona Beach, Bear Creek Trail in metropolitan Denver, and Munster Bike Trail in Munster, Indiana that support public health, improved access to parks, and safe routes to schools. Protection of ecologically significant riparian habitat and public access for boating and fishing include Elkhorn Slough in Watsonville, California and Douglas Point, Maryland, where LWCF assistance helped acquire 5500 acres of wilderness and 9.5 miles of unspoiled coastline along the Potomac River, Mattawoman Creek, and the historic Port Tobacco River. Day use and trail facilities at the Soldier Hollow recreation facilities at Wasatch Mountain State Park in Utah, host site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games biathlon and cross-country competitions. Build-A-Dream Park in Andulusia, Alabama, a community park development project inspired by the dream of neighborhood mothers that attracted over 2,000 volunteers.

Copies of the "Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program Summary 2000-2002" can be requested by sending an e-mail to or by calling the Public Inquiries Office at 202-208-4747.

Remembering Courtland Paul

ORANGE, Calif. – Under bright blue Southern California skies, more than 200 family, friends and colleagues of pioneering Landscape Architect Courtland Paul gathered at Irvine Regional Park on Feb. 22 to pay homage to the man known for his bow ties and personable demeanor.

Many in attendance wore bow ties as a tribute to Paul and shared stories about their friend. Paul died Jan. 28 of congestive heart failure.

Chaplain Gary Wilson, from Vitas Hospice in Orange presided over the service. Paul's wife of 55 years, Nadine, shared memories of her high school sweetheart. She recounted when Paul went into the navy at 17, and the time they met bandleader Tommy Dorsey and got his autograph.

"The best thing that ever happened to me was I got married," she said. "We had ups and downs but mostly ups."

Sanford, Paul's son shared about his father's love of fly-fishing, Idaho and the Southern California hamburger stand In-N-Out Burger. While others shared many of these same stories, it was the love of his family that was the common theme throughout the service.

"He was committed to everything he did," said Rae Price, Principal of Peridian Group and Paul's business partner for 35 years. "He was very committed to his family."

Family, colleagues and friends gathered at Irvine Regional Park, a place Paul helped design, sharing fond memories. Many in attendance wore bow ties to pay tribute to Paul. PHOTO COURTESY OF SEAN STOWELL

Price recounted a time when Paul grew a beard and took some friends on a boat to Catalina Island. When they were eating on the island, someone came up to Paul and thought he was Ernest Hemingway. Price said Paul went into a fantastic Hemingway impression. "Cort played it to the hilt," Price said with a laugh.

Price also shared with those in attendance Paul's tremendous influence on the landscape architecture community. He founded Courtland Paul/Arthur Beggs and Associates later known as Peridian Group. Under his guidance Peridian was instrumental in the design of many successful projects and communities in California. His plans included major plan and design elements for Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Irvine, Valencia, Westlake, El Dorado, Simi, and Rancho Santa Margarita to name a few.

"I can remember when Mission Viejo was nothing," Price said. "What made it so desirable to so many was because of the vision of Courtland Paul."

One of Paul's most innovative concepts was developed in the master plan for "Harbor Ridge" in Newport Beach, Calif. His creative approach to hillside development for this project so impressed the City of Los Angeles' planners that they consulted with Paul and revised the city hillside grading ordinance to include his "land form" grading techniques. This approach to hillside development is a standard for most cities in the state.

"Harbor Ridge was Cort's baby," Price said. "He showed how to keep the immutable things of the land and how to reinforce it."

Peridian Group was instrumental in the development of Irvine Regional Park when in the late 1970s, the company was retained by the County of Orange to build upon the sycamores and other trees. Paul specified that roads be removed that were destroying trees.

Colleague John Durbin remembered a time when Paul used "symbolism" to make a point about eucalyptus trees. "I was drawing these eucalyptus trees all in a row, thinking it looked really natural," he said. "Cort came by and said 'That's not how eucalyptus trees grow.' He took a three-hole punch and emptied it out on my desk and said, "That's how eucalyptus trees grow."

Nadine told LASN after the service that Paul never thought he was a teacher even though he was a teacher and mentor to so many. "He always said he didn't want to be a teacher," she said. "But looking around here today he really was."

Nadine, daughter Pamela Burns; son-in-law Robert; daughter Robyn Cueva and son-in-law Gabriel; daughter Kimberly; son Sanford and daughter-in-law Catherine; nine grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive Paul. Another son, Scott was killed in a plane crash in Canada several years ago.

The family has requested that any donations be directed to the "Courtland Paul Scholarship Fund" administered by the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Checks for memorial gifts to the Courtland Paul Scholarship Fund should be made out to: LAF with "Courtland Paul Fund" noted on the memo line. Mail donations to: LAF, Attn: Ron Figura, 818 18th Street NW, Suite 810, Washington DC 20006.

Schoor DePalma Awarded
Extraneous Flow Reduction Project

WASHINGTON BOROUGH, N.J. – Schoor DePalma recently was awarded the construction administration phase of the Borough of Washington's extraneous flow reduction project.

The Borough of Washington is continuing its aggressive program to improve its sanitary sewer infrastructure. As part of this program, completed projects include upgrading the Borough's wastewater treatment plant and reduction of rainfall-induced inflow and infiltration to the plant by 10 percent. The proposed improvements will further reduce the amount of storm water going into the Borough's sanitary sewer system, and subsequently to the plant. The Borough has placed a moratorium on development pending completion of this siphon replacement project.

Texas Firm to Reposition Philadelphia's Fairmount Park

The firms of Leon Younger & PROS and Carter & Burgess, Inc. will be preparing a strategic plan to ensure the future of Fairmount park.

DALLAS – The City of Philadelphia has chosen the team of Leon Younger & PROS and Carter & Burgess, Inc., to prepare a strategic plan for the historic Fairmount Park. Covering 8,900 acres, Fairmount Park falls under the guidance of both the Fairmount Park Commission and the City of Philadelphia.

Phase One of the project consists of the compilation of community input and an operational review of the park. Phase Two includes a review of park facilities, recreation programs, financial resources, partnership opportunities and the existing governance structure. Together, this information will be used to develop an action plan that will ensure the future vitality of Fairmount Park.

"This team has been brought in to develop a business strategy, founded in community values, that addresses both long-term and short-term needs of the park system," says B. G. Clark, manager for the Carter & Burgess Management Consulting Group. "After years of declining budgets and neglect, our goal is to help reposition Fairmount Park as a local, regional and national treasure."

Leon Younger & PROS is a park and recreation consulting firm, specializing in the development of strategic plans, master plans, business and marketing plans, feasibility studies and organizational efficiency management tools.

North American Green
Names Manager of Distributon Development

EVANSVILLE, In. – Pete Hanrahan was recently named Manager of Distributor Development of North American green. In his new position Hanrahan will assist the company's distributors throughout the world in their sales and marketing efforts and will also assist with the implementation of key company programs.

Hanrahan holds a Master of Science degree from old Dominion university of Norfolk, virginia, and has been involved in the sales and marketing of construction products since 1978.

Hanrahan joined north American Green in 1996, and has served as a Regional Sales Manager until 2000, when he was named marketing manage for the company.

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Commission Approves Concept Design

Concept rendering of the proposed walkway in front of the White House.

WASHINGTON – The National Capital Planning Commission unanimously approved a plan to give a facelift to America's most famous Avenue – the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House. The 12-member Commission reviewed an updated version of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates' design before making its decision. NCPC selected the Van Valkenburgh proposal from among plans submitted by four of the country's preeminent landscape architecture firms.

For nearly seven years the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House has been closed to vehicular traffic, and scattered with ad-hoc security barriers ranging from large concrete planter pots to jersey barriers and makeshift guard huts.

The Van Valkenburgh Associates' design is aimed at removing all of the makeshift security measures and leaving in their place a beautiful civic space worthy of America's "Main Street." The design's central elements include new paving materials and tree planting within the civic space; a route for a planned transit system; a combination of retractable, removable and fixed bollards; and new security booths.

"The conditions in front of the White House are an embarrassment and an eyesore," said chairman of the Interagency Security Task Force, Richard Friedman. "I wholeheartedly support Van Valkenburgh's design. It will remove all of the clutter and create a dignified and safe place for viewing the White House grounds."

The concept design proposes replanting trees in place of the existing concrete bollards along Pennsylvania Avenue, where a row of trees once existed. New trees will also be planted at 15th and 17th Streets with a single row on the north side of the Avenue, and a double row on the south side. The tree rows will help create a welcoming public space and provide a more dignified view of the White House grounds.

Historic Transit Plaza Completed

The Elizabeth Transit Plaza is trapezoidal in shape with late 19th century arched brownstone viaducts having been retained and incorporated into the new design.

PRINCETON, NJ – The City of Elizabeth expects the volume of traffic through midtown to increase in the near future with the construction of the Newark Airport station on the Northeast Corridor line and the advent of a new light rail system.

Ford Farewell Mills and Gatsch, Architects, LLC recently designed a new Pedestrian/Transit Plaza, which occupies a central location within the Midtown Redevelopment area. The Plaza is designed to serve as a community gathering space, and to link pedestrian traffic with a network of both existing and future transportation alternatives.

The main portion of the Plaza is trapezoidal in shape and late 19th century arched brownstone viaducts have been retained and incorporated into the new design. The Plaza was completed in approximately one year, and funded through TEA-21 and NJ Urban Enterprise Zone grant programs.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation provided additional funding for archaeology and for restoration of cobble paving at the northeast viaduct.

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