- The design restored and enhanced the existing 15-acre Myriad Botanical gardens. The renovation and enhancement of the Meinder’s garden is true to the original garden design and celebrates the natural beauty of northeast Oklahoma’s Ozark mountain range. The existing Ozark trees have been maintained and new native forest, meadow and aquatic plants are being installed.
- By removing the high perimeter berm and opening up the park, visitors were encouraged to walk into the park and felt a heightened sense of security.
- The historic context of the site was enhanced, through renovations of the Crystal Bridge.
- A series of erosion control strategies were implemented, including geotextiles to stabilize the soils and retaining walls to divert the water.
- 300 existing trees were saved on-site.
- 380 trees were planted, including shumard oaks, American sycamore, bald cypress, allee elms, river birch, Chinese pistache, American holly, and bur oak.
- 25 high value specimen trees and several trees ranging from 16” to 24” were transplanted on-site.
- A butterfly garden in the children’s play area and a prairie garden at the entry support pollinators.
- Mycorrhizal fungi was implemented in the soil mix to provide increased water and nutrient absorption for the planting. In turn, the planting provides the fungi with necessary carbohydrates.
- Vegetated wetland planters were used to clean the lake, filter water, and add aesthetic beauty.
- A three-acre central lake is fed by groundwater.
- Rainfall was captured in the storm system and directed back to the existing lake, where it is reused for the water features and irrigation for planting.
- 85% of surfaces are permeable.
- The water quality of the existing lake was improved, turbidity decreased, and temperature was regulated to support a healthy ecosystem. The whole lake was dredged, removing sludge and debris from the bottom. A biofiltration basin was made with a deep gravel bed, aeration tubes, and aeration features.
- Trees have the potential for intercepting 169,000 gallons of water which are equivalent to the water usage for 169 American residents for one day.*
- A shelf was installed around the lake for public safety.
Carbon, Energy + Air
- The project used regional materials such as locally sourced stone and gravel.
- The tree canopy reduces temperatures and creates energy cost savings.
- The trees sequester 81,600 pounds of carbon annually, which are equivalent to a standard car driving 111,003 miles.**
- Property values increased due to the park’s restoration.
- Maintenance savings were achieved due to the design strategy.
- The site attracts 1,000,000 people a year, creating jobs and supporting the local economy. Events are held in the park on a daily basis, with a huge event schedule and park programming committee.
- The park is filled with programmed spaces, including: on-street parking, an auto court, a 6,500-SF dog park, an arena plaza, a restaurant, a 10,500-SF seasonal plaza, a 28,000-SF event lawn, groves, an arts plaza, a botanical garden, a café, a 9,400-SF activity lawn, a fountain plaza, and a 35,000-SF children’s garden..
- The gardens have educational signage about plants, place and ecology. The entire park has a free wireless network.