One of our passions here at Landscape Art is being involved in projects that benefit the whole community. Sustainable park projects are a great way to add green space to urban areas and improve quality of life for our residents. The Ghirardi WaterSmart Park is a project we were involved in that we’re particularly proud of.
The Ghirardi WaterSmart Park is an open (passive) park that’s dedicated to teaching local residents how to conserve water on their own properties. The park’s noteworthy features include two cisterns that gather and store rainwater. A pump system pressurizes the saved water and sends it through an irrigation system that replenishes a green roof structure. Additionally, the park includes multiple rain gardens that act as natural filters as they process rainwater runoff through the root systems of a variety of beautiful bog plants. The rain gardens become part detention basin and part bio filter. The entire park serves as an example of what homeowners can achieve in their own landscapes on a smaller scale.
The 3-acre park also includes community garden areas, native plant gardens, play and picnic areas, trails and foot bridges. It’s the perfect place to spend time outdoors with the family or take a daily walk. Gardeners will love the native plant displays. An outdoor theater and classroom area turn this park into an active learning space. Education focuses on how to use native plants in home landscapes and water conservation.
Landscape Art, Inc was the General Contractor for this unique and innovative park. The Houston-Galveston Area Council awards certain projects each year as especially worthy of distinction. In 2014 they awarded this special project for Parks and Natural Areas greater than $500,000 to the City of League City and Landscape Art. And now the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS) has bestowed the Innovations in Park and Facility Development Award for WaterSmart Park. What a wonderful accomplishment for a project that is a true treasure for the League City community!
To see more photos of this project, visit our Portfolio Page HERE.
The project was funded in part by the Texas Coastal Watershed Program who will use the park as a testing ground for the various storm water systems that were designed and installed. The results may prove the systems’ effectiveness and inform the way we deal with water issues in the future.
We are proud of our association with such an important project and to have such a beautiful park as the result. It’s also great to know that others share the same commitment to our local community as the Landscape Art family does. We look forward to more community projects in the future!