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The park mother nature intended. The park includes interpretive walks, discovery paths, rainwater harvesting for irrigation, native Florida plant materials, and other amenities such as seating, low-level lighting, and bike racks to name but a few.
This graphic shows the pedestrian pathway network more clearly without the trees. Along the pathways will be benches and pergolas.
The intersection of Church Street and Philippe Parkway is an ideal location for a "Gateway" Entry feature to downtown Safety Harbor. We propose improved pedestrian crossings, landscape and the addition of architectural elements to create definition and identification of the space.
Mood Sketch of the Gateway Design from the intersection of Church Street and Philippe Parkway.
Mood Sketch of one of the entrances to the park from Philippe Parkway.
Mood Sketch of one of the entrances to the park from Church Street.
One of the concepts for the Nature Park is Low Impact Development (LID). Rainwater will be harvested in a series of interconnected bio-retention ponds planted with native specimens which will aide in the removal of contaminants and pollutants from stormwater runoff.
Mood Sketch of the Boardwalk over the Rain Garden. As an alternative, a pedestrian footbridge could be used in place of the boardwalk.
Mood Sketch of the Boardwalk over the Rain Garden.
The primary source of water for irrigating the project is a collection system to capture rainfall and convey the collected water to the rain garden via the irrigation system.
Mullet Creek forms the southern boundary of the Nature Park and is connected to the waters of Tampa Bay. The kayak launch is planned as a floating dock with a gently sloping ramp for universal accessability to the creek with minimal impact to the wetland environment.
Mood Sketch of the Kayak Launch. The design consists of a raised deck area with an aluminum ramp going down to a floating dock in Mullet Creek.
In addition as a way to launch canoes or kayaks, the floating dock also provides a means to access Mullet Creek without disturbing the environs of this ecosystem.
Mood Sketch of the Floating Dock area.
Mood Sketch of the Observation Deck. This deck differs from the kayak launch in that the area is elevated above existing grade to provide a panoramic view for one to experience.