- 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.
*The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)
**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. Each vehicle drives an average of 11,318 miles per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)
In 2013, the estate of Carolyn and Maurice LeBauer gifted the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro with a bequest of $10 million to create a new urban park for “the benefit and enjoyment of the general population of Greensboro, particularly children and their families.”
Located on a 4.5-acre site in the heart of downtown Greensboro, LeBauer Park realigns key downtown streets to unite surrounding civic and arts institutions and has become the heart of a new cultural arts district. Thoughtful design is punctuated by more than an acre of gardens planted with 350 trees and over 60 different species of ornamental plants, which includes classic Southern garden plants as well as hardy native selections.
The central feature of the park is the concert lawn and performance pavilion that is crowned with a permanent installation from renowned Boston-based artist Janet Echelman. The actively programmed park also includes a dog park, reading room, games area, croquet lawn and putting green. An interactive water feature plaza functions as the informal gateway into a 15,000 SF children’s play area that includes a variety of custom elements, including climbing wall, topographic landforms, a sand play area and a large hill with slides. In addition to several food and beverage kiosks, LeBauer park also accommodates the wide range of festivals and other civic-scale events from the great Greensboro area.
LeBauer park offers a rich array of exceptional spaces and activities for the community to connect and celebrate. The park has become a must-see destination, attracting locals and visitors with its educational opportunities, cultural events and daily programming.
Location: Greensboro, NC
Team: Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Frank Harmon Architect, Fountain Source, Focus Lighting, Light Defines Form, Westcott, Small and Associates, Engineered Concepts, Chip Callaway & Associates, Arup, RSM Design, Boulton Creative, Pine & Swallow Environmental, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures