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at Plain Green 2009

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Jon Jacobsen on Mary J Wegner Arboretum Jon Jacobsen on Mary J Wegner Arboretum Presentation Transcript

  • The Vision in Green Jon Jacobson, ASLA April 17, 2009
  • Arboretum Defined: - A collection of trees. - Tree cultivation area planted with many types of trees for study, display and preservation. - A place where trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes. MJWA Collection: - The primary focus will be well adapted deciduous and coniferous woody plant materials which include trees, shrubs and vines. The arboretum will also include actively managed native plant communities and limited herbaceous plants.
  • Background: - Public/private partnership between the Wegner Arboretum Society, the City of Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County. - Major lead gift provided by the Wegner Family. - Managed by the Sioux Falls Parks & Recreation Department. - Supported by the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce for the current community fund drive. Additional construction dollars are appropriated in the current City of Sioux Falls Capital Improvement Plan. View slide
  • BRANDON SIOUX FALLS ARBORETUM SITE (East Sioux Falls) View slide
  • Why: • Isn’t it obvious? Trees are very cool. • Former East Sioux Falls town site contains significant cultural resources (quarries, stone cutting areas, old rail lines, building foundations) and open space along the Big Sioux River and Quartzite Bluff. • Total site will be approximately 115 acres in size (including Perry Nature Area). • Relationship to existing Arrowhead Park (old quarry site) & ‘Green’ entry into Sioux Falls. • Will be connected to the future bike trail extension and Arrowhead Park. • The complete arboretum site will be achieved through the combination of City and County owned lands as well as the hopeful acquisition of limited privately held lands. • Arboretum will include natural areas containing actively managed native plant communities, landscaped areas containing the tree and shrub collections and a series of gardens that recreate the historic use of plants by humans of different cultures who have lived on the site.
  • The City of East Sioux Falls (1887 to 1913): - Originally set up as a company quarry town for Sioux Quartzite. - Attracted Welsh, English and Scottish stone cutters. - Exported paving and architectural stone to major American cities. - Connected by electric rail to Sioux Falls. - Population grew to 600. - Eventually dissolved because of high cost of producing the stone.
  • East Sioux Falls: Circa 1890’s
  • East Sioux Falls: 1890
  • East Sioux Falls: Quartz Pavers
  • East Sioux Falls: Stone Crusher
  • Existing Perry Nature Area: - Minnehaha County Park that will be part of the arboretum. - 24 acres. - Donated by Perry Family to county in 1999. - Diverse historic elements, tree, shrub and plant types.
  • Perry: Quartzite Outcropping & Stream
  • Perry: Ice House Foundation
  • Perry: Stone Cutter Foundation
  • City of Sioux Falls Land: - 57 acres, Entry marked with new temporary signage. - Adjacent to Big Sioux River. - Diverse historic elements, tree, shrub and plant types.
  • Temp. Edge Signage-2006
  • Abandoned Rail Bed/Future Bike Trail
  • Exposed Quartzite
  • Big Sioux River / Rail Abutment
  • Snake Hibernaculum
  • Arboretum Master Plan Primary Elements: - Sustainable Design - Schoolhouse Picnic Area. - Festival Grounds. - Townsite History Pavilion. - 57 acres, Entry marked with new temporary signage. - Trail & Bike Path System. - Native Plant Communities. - Cultural Gardens.
  • Plant Communities
  • Oak Savanna Plant Community
  • River Margin/Flood Plain Plant Community
  • Maple/Linden Plant Community
  • Native Grasses & Flowers/Sustainability
  • Schoolhouse/Parking/Event Parking/Park Garden
  • Festival Grounds
  • Non-Traditional Parking/Parking Run-Off
  • Non-Traditional Parking/Parking Run-Off
  • Non-Traditional Paved Parking/Parking Run-Off
  • Event/Temporary Parking
  • School House Picnic Area
  • “The Park” Garden
  • “The Park” Garden
  • Stone Cutter’s Cottage Garden
  • Plant Identification
  • Interpretive Signage
  • Bike Trail (Total)
  • Bike Trail (Local)
  • Future Bike Trail Alignment
  • Anticipated Construction Costs: • Phase One (2010): $1,250,000 • Phase Two (2011): $818,000 • Phase Three (2012): $560,000 Total: $2,628,000 Public Fundraising Requirements: • 2010: $625,000 • 2011: $409,000 • 2012: $280,000 Total: $1,314,000 (50%)