- The project is surrounded by an existing cultural arts campus (historical museum, public library, and center for visual arts). The integration of the buildings into the park drove the design. Programming activity in the park affects attendance in the arts center.
- Geotextiles were used to stabilize the soils.
- The site was a highly-degraded brownfield site prior to park construction. Contaminated soil was removed and properly disposed of from the site.
- A soil scientist was engaged to develop the soil profiles for varied planting schemes.
- Bermuda grass, an invasive species, was removed manually with no chemicals.
- Seven trees were saved on-site.
- 283 trees were planted.
- 80% native planting was used.
- Adaptive and low-water-usage planting was used on-site.
- Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
- No annual planting was used.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 141,500 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 141 American residents for one day.*
- 78% of surfaces are permeable.
- Water was conserved on-site with drip irrigation used to establish plants for the first two years. After this period, no irrigation will be necessary due to seasonal weather patterns in this area.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The project uses planting to minimize building energy use and reduce temperatures in urban areas.
- The trees sequester 33,960 pounds of carbon annually, which are equivalent to a standard car driving 46,197 miles.**
- The success of the park supports attendance in the arts center.
- Maintenance savings were considered in the design.
- The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
- The project supports alternative modes of transportation with bike racks and its proximity to a rail station within ¼ mile.
- Benefits are provided beyond its own footprint. High-rise buildings that overlook the park now have a beautiful view and there is synergy between the park and cultural institutions.
- Activities were a part of the park's design, making the park an active resource for the community. These programs include a market square, a performance place, a pavilion, space for food trucks, a children’s garden, bioswale planting, a botanical garden, a dog park, an arts plaza, and a reading room.
- Park design includes a Janet Echelman sculpture called “Where we met,” which is the 2nd permanent installation in the US by the sculptor.
- The park has welcomed more than 50,000 visitors in the first two months of opening.
- The community was very excited and engaged in the park. LeBauer park had a 4.9-star rating on Facebook and more than 1,800 likes before opening.