Located on a neglected and isolated parcel in a densely developed part of Albemarle County, the project restores important natural systems for a highly visible 1-acre park site and reconnects it to the surrounding urban framework.
The plan included four critical design goals: transforming the left-over site into a valuable public open space, providing visual and physical connections to surrounding neighborhoods, uncovering and revealing the site’s agricultural history, and restoring ecological richness and biodiversity.
The plan establishes a diverse native plant meadow featuring native grass and wildflower species while also including some flowering annuals for immediate color and interest. Inspired by insect wing patterns, the design form manifests as a laddered series of grass paths that promote an immersive meadow experience. A singular white oak tree marks the site’s high point where unexpected discoveries are made. It’s here that traffic noise recedes and one can enjoy long-range views to the surrounding mountains. A small hill of field stones reveals itself – providing silent testimony to the site’s agricultural heritage.