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Parks Conservancy Treehouse Presentation

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The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's presentation to the Regent Square Civic Association meeting 6.7.10 regarding proposed outdoor learning spaces in Frick Park.

The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy's presentation to the Regent Square Civic Association meeting 6.7.10 regarding proposed outdoor learning spaces in Frick Park.

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  • Not a plastic playground
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    • 1. Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Improving quality of life for the people of Pittsburgh by restoring the park system to excellence in partnership with the City.
    • 2. Frick Park Reynolds Entry
    • 3. Frick Park Reynolds Entry Completion 2000
    • 4. Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center
    • 5. Schenley Park Café and Visitor Center Completion 2001
    • 6. Highland Park Entry Garden
    • 7. Highland Park Entry Garden Completion 2005
    • 8. Schenley Plaza
    • 9. Schenley Plaza Completion 2006
    • 10. Riverview Park Chapel Shelter
    • 11. Riverview Park Chapel Shelter Completion 2008
    • 12. Trail and Signage Improvements: 4.5+ miles of trail work and 100 new signs Frick Highland Riverview Schenley
    • 13. Mellon Park Walled Garden
    • 14. Regional Parks Plan Update
    • 15. Environmental Center at Frick Park © Alexander Denmarsh
    • 16. Engaging Children and Families
        • Provide children a sense of wonder and a permanent bond with nature
        • Education through restoration
      “ If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The early years of childhood are the time to prepare the soil.” Rachel Carson
    • 17. Value of Connecting to the Environment
      • Expanding imagination
      • Promoting complex thinking
      • Developing character
      • Combating ADD and ‘nature deficit disorder’
      • Encouraging health & fitness
      • “ Kids who spend more time outside end up paying more attention inside.”
      • Environment and Behavior
      • January 2001
    • 18. Proposed Outdoor Learning Spaces
      • Thirteen sites identified throughout Frick Park
      • None have a design yet
      • Spaces will blend into the environment
      • All will provide places to learn about nature
    • 19. First proposed site to honor Kate & Peter Ambrusko
    • 20. Evolution from playground for the Environmental Charter School to an outdoor learning space for ALL Frick Park users
    • 21. Project process
      • Informal discussion of concept with representatives from Citiparks and Department of Public Works
      • Issue Request for Proposals (RFP) to select design team
      • Select design team
      • Develop concept design – public will be able to contribute ideas through workshops/focus groups
      • City review of concept design
      • Public comment on concept design
      • Select concept design
      • Develop schematic documents
      • Raise additional funds for construction
      • Produce construction documents
      • City review of construction documents
      • Construct improvements
      • City accepts completed project
    • 22. Project process
      • Informal discussion of concept with representatives from Citiparks and Department of Public Works
      • Issue Request for Proposals (RFP) to select design team
      • Only steps 1 and 2 have been completed to date.
    • 23. From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010
      • “ The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy is seeking proposals to develop designs for a new children’s outdoor learning and activity space in Frick Park…”
      • “ The selected design team will be encouraged to creatively interpret the notion of a tree house through innovative art and design ideas.”
      • “ The design process must be collaborative in nature and include significant contributions from
        • the children’s mother,
        • other close family members and friends,
        • children,
        • local community members,
        • and educational experts.”
    • 24. NOT a traditional playground
    • 25. NOT a traditional treehouse
    • 26.
      • From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010:
      • “ Final design and construction should:
      • Encourage imaginative activity in young children;
      • Offer children the opportunity to engage with nature and create imaginative landscapes of their own;
      • Be inclusive and accessible for children of all abilities;”
      Discovery Garden, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh MTR Landscape Architects
    • 27.
      • From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010:
      • “ Final design and construction should:
      • Use suitable materials for a park that is a complex ecosystem, historic landscape, and community property;
      • Respect and respond to the local environment;
      • Respect the needs of neighboring home owners;
      • Take into account a significant war memorial adjacent to the project site;”
      Discovery Garden, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh MTR Landscape Architects
    • 28. Discovery Garden, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh MTR Landscape Architects
      • From Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy April, 2010:
      • “ Final design and construction should:
      • Reflect a balance between humans and the rest of the natural world in a manner that is at once playful and inspiring;
      • Be made entirely or predominantly from natural, locally harvested materials;
      • Be designed with an eye towards long term maintenance needs;
      • Include a designated space for temporary art installations.”
    • 29. Lookout Loft, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA Forever Young Treehouses
    • 30. Conway, New Hampshire Natural Playground Company
    • 31. Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, PA Patrick Dougherty , sculptor
    • 32. Windblown downed tree along Junction Hollow trail
    • 33. Nurturing Nature. Planting Possibility. Marijke Hecht Director of Education 412-682-7275 x208 [email_address]