- Levy Park protects floodplain function.
- The project restores a partially degraded site.
- The design conserved vegetation by saving and transplanting trees on-site.
- 20 trees were protected on site and nine large trees with a diameter of 36 – 48 inches in caliper were relocated.
- 138 trees were planted, including live oaks, allee elms, bald cypress, and shumard red oaks.
- Planting encompasses 84,787 square feet.
- 32% native plant species were used.
- A 7,500 square foot detention garden acts as an amenity while managing stormwater.
- Houston has many flooding concerns. This design employs a land mitigation strategy and meets a detention requirement.
- The trees can intercept 80,000 gallons of stormwater runoff on site, which are equivalent to the daily water usage of 800 American residents.*
- The project features 3.3 acres of permeable surface.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- Large trees provide shade, decreasing the temperature by 10 degrees in the park.
- The trees sequester 19,200 pounds of carbon annually.**
- During construction, pollutants were controlled and retained.
- Property values in the area were increased due to the installation of the project. The price per square foot changed from $81 to $140 on the West side (170%+) and from $46 to $92 on the North side (200%+).
- The park hosts an active and lively community garden through an organization called Urban Harvest. The design enhanced the existing gardens. The parking lot was designed to accommodate a pop-up farmers market.
- The park acts as an amenity for the residents of surrounding neighborhoods, with a restaurant, activity lawn, dog park, playground, rain garden, educational facilities, and fitness.