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Parker Park

  1. 1. PARKER PARK A Project for the Urban P.D.C. at the Urban Permaculture Institute Brought to you by Design Team Ann Weittrich, Margaret Jamison, Santiago Portilla, Chelsea Powell, & Michelle Huber November 2010
  2. 2. OUR VISION SITE ADDRESS: 2612 San Pablo, Berkeley, CA (Open space between 10th and San Pablo, Parker and Carleton) Transform a neglected 40,000 sq. ft. site into a park for creative re-use, interaction and exchange. We envision new patterns of use that encour- age lively interchange, and incorporates an open and additive system of natural and hu- man connection to generate dialogue and ex- change. We will utilize the site and surrounding neighbor- hood’s diverse non-profit, commercial, natural and human resources. The park will be a catalyst for expanding awareness and exploring possibilities of permaculture design and practice. Begin a dialogue with potential commu- nity partners and neighbors. The design plan will evolve as needed to maximize community inter- est, engagement, needs and resources over time. Primary anchor spaces: a kitchen garden; a gathering space that can be used for a bicycle drive-in theatre and other events & activi- ties; and a green classroom area for eco-demon- stration projects
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  5. 5. 58’ 128’ 29’ 50’ 170’ 24’ 135’ 286’ 134’ 47’ 75’ 0’ 16’ 32’ 64’ 29’ Black Oak Books Missouri Lounge San Pablo Ave. TenthSt. Parker St. Berkeley Digital Film Institute
  6. 6. 58’ 128’ 29’ 50’ 170’ 24’ 135’ 286’ 134’ 47’ 75’ 0’ 16’ 32’ 64’ 29’ SECTOR MAP: Current Site conditions 1. SUN: All but southern edge (Black Oak book’s Wall) 2. WIND: SW Some from San Pablo traffic 3. NOISE: San Pablo car traffic (east), Missouri Lounge outdoor patio - People, music (north, evenings mostly) 4. Temperature/Micro-climate: NE corner is warmest due to Warming of south-facing wall 5. WATER & SOIL Exposed site. Compacted soil (Includes asphalt remnants) receives direct rain. Difficult to detect specific flooding patterns SHADE 1 2 2 3 3 4 Cars, air pollution Black Oak Books Missouri Lounge Berkeley Digital Film Institute N
  7. 7. 58’ 128’ 29’ 50’ 170’ 24’ 135’ 286’ 134’ 47’ 75’ 0’ 16’ 32’ 64’ 29’ N Black Oak Books Missouri Lounge Berkeley Digital Film Institute Natural Sector
  8. 8. Economic Sector KEY LOCAL BUSINESSES 1. Black Oak Books 2. The Missouri Lounge 3. Berkeley Digital Film Institute 4.Ecohome Improvement 5. KC Bar B-Q 6. Ecology Center, The Sierra Club, & Berkeley Farmers’ Market 7. Sea Salt Cafe 8. Bacheeso (cafe) 9. The WoodWorks 10. Dwight Nursery 11. East Bay Nursery 12. Earth Team 1 2 3 2. Missouri Lounge 1. Black Oak Books 4. EcoHome Improvement Eco-Friendly Gift Shop 6. The Sierra Club 4 5 6 7 9 8 5. KC Bar B-Q 9. The Woodworks 10 11 12 N
  10. 10. 58’ 128’ 29’ 50’ 170’ 24’ 135’ 286’ 134’ 47’ 75’ 0’ 16’ 32’ 64’ 29’ 2 1 mulched path sheet mulched area ground cover 1. San Pablo pedestrian entry 2. Parker St. vehicular and pedestrian entry 3. information kiosk 4. compost area 5. garden staging area 6. kitchen garden 7. outdoor classroom area 8. main gathering space 9. movie wall 10. event space 11. keep existing blackberries 12. cover crop 13. Flowering perennial vine Parker Park 3 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 12 12 13 13 Black Oak Books Missouri Lounge Berkeley Digital Film Institute N
  11. 11. OUR TIMELINE
  12. 12. Steps of Implementation 1. Mulch paths and gathering area 2. Put an information kiosk by San Pablo pedestrian entry with drawing and descriptions of the plans for the space as well as flyers advertising up coming events (i.e. bike-in movie, ecology center events, compost collection events, etc.) 3. Establish a compost area in easy access to Missouri Lounge food prep area 4. Establish a garden staging area next to compost 5. Coordinate a community compost drop-off event for a Berkeley Method compost soil jump start 6. Bike-in movie event compost fund-raiser (pay admission with a compost deposit) 7. Sheet mulch 12 feet on either side of pathways and garden area 8. Sheet mulch boundary of site along San Pablo and the boundary between the parking lot and vegetated area 9. Build planters and fill with mulch and compost from compost fund-raisers 10. Manually ‘till’ non-mulched areas 11. Plant ground cover in ‘tilled’ areas (should be done right before the rainy season, so decem- ber-ish) 12. Plant ground cover in sheet mulched areas along path 13. Plant flowering vine (scarlet runner beans?) along Fence at San. Pablo Ave for future shade. 14. Coordinate events and a regular farmers market with the Ecology Center for the event space (other event possibilities: Open Mic. Night at Missouri Lounge; Sacramento St. Bird House Mak- er) 15. Assess progress and weak points of Phase I 16. Reassess the vision for Parker Park and its interaction with the community 17. Change the steps of Phase II so as to stay on track towards our vision of Parker Park Phase I -Year One
  13. 13. Steps of Implementation 1. Add more planters to kitchen garden area 2. Coordinate with nearby yard-less apartment tenants on the creation and maintenance of kitch- en garden planters 3. Plant plants that have a cocktail or sandwich appropriate yield for Missouri Lounge, Cafe Tri- este, Sea Salt, and Bacheesos 4. Donate yield to Missouri Lounge and Cafe Trieste, Sea Salt, and Bacheesos and/or have a corner street give away of the produce 5. Plant low maintenance biomass accumulators in sheet mulched areas along path (comfrey, arrowroot, lemongrass, etc) 6. Plant attractive flowering low maintenance perennials along San Pablo fence and in the sheet mulched areas bordering the event space (bougainvillea, blackberry,...) 7. Sow different variety of cover crop plants into cover crop areas 8. Continue having community events such as the farmer’s market, movie nights, workshops, Ecology center events, and green building demonstrations 9. Assess the progress and weak points in the implementation of Phase II 10. Reassess the vision for Parker Park and its interaction with the community 11. Talk to Wareham Development about extending our stay on the land and what their plans for development are. 12. Develop Phase III plan for further enhancements on site or the relocation of activities and container gardens to new sites in the community. Phase II -Year Two
  14. 14. Steps of Implementation It Depends! Phase III -Year Three
  15. 15. Thanks for your time!