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Today’s Public Parks
Today’s Public Parks
We were having a discussion about Parks the other day, the consensus was that whilst they are constantly evolving there was a need to include more of today’s more modern infrastructure within a park boundaries.
Do you think that is the case?
For instance – constant wifi?
24 hour video access to see wild life etc. ?
Adoption of solar energy , for example path lighting powered by solar ?
More group areas for meetings outside ?
More refreshment areas ?
Less grass areas ?
The addition of vegetable areas for people to try or see how to grow ?
More opportunities to show visitors how to do something?
What do you think?
We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas,
Ann & Chris
Author: Chris Coope
Born in Great Britain, Chris Dyson-Coope followed his training and passion in the field of horticulture for decades. This path led him to multiple awards for landscape design and many prestigious projects in the United Kingdom and the U.S. Chris has received 19 national awards for projects as varied as city parks, urban regeneration, playgrounds, office parks and streetscapes. He pioneered the use of designer drives in the 1980s utilizing Permacrib to create structural green walls and award-winning green roofs in London. Most recently, Dyson-Coope has nurtured his interest as an educational innovator to produce an Internet radio show (GrowingTrends.com), books on landscaping, and a series of fictional children's books that explore non-fictional themes such as sustainable agriculture, geography, and history. Convinced that the younger generation can (and must) learn from the older generation, as well as blazing new paths toward a sustainable future for a planet in deep distress from climate change and unsustainable practices, Dyson-Coope presents workable solutions in multiple formats, from books to inventions, podcasts and educational media. With several horticultural patents to his credit, the noted horticulturalist looks to the future with hope that the younger generation will grab the "torch" of innovation to develop and maintain a more sustainable world for us all. Dyson-Coope is a member of The Chartered Institute of Horticulture and serves as Director of Children's Sustainable Education for Energime University. Chris lives in Weston, Missouri, with his lovely wife, Cindi.
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One thought on “Today’s Public Parks”
I think some parks need to evolve to meet modern needs, not all. New parks really need to address modern life and it’s preoccupations and could be places for more community activity. However there are issues with public space gardening and one of the most problematic is that of proper garden maintenance. I visited a lovely small park in Ely which has been innovative in its planting schemes and was the result of a lot of voluntary work as well as sponsorship of plants. Sadly it’s not being maintained. It’s full of bind weed, sow thistle and many other rapidly spreading weeds that are pushing out the garden plants. There was also evidence that a contractor had been brought in for some aspects and 1 or 2 maturing shrubs, that had been allowed to develop their natural habit had been given the classic car park haircut with a trimmer. So sad to see a great idea being compromised by poor care and management.