I am proud to have been a part of the design of a new sustainable “Green Art Park” at the Alwun House Art Gallery, the non-profit arts organization that has been a part of the Phoenix arts community for 41 years. The park has been described as an urban oasis that is: Green with healing trees, vines and community garden; Art filled with sculpture and murals, and a PARK designed to nurture community gatherings within the Garfield neighborhood.
I contributed Electrical Engineering services working hand-in-hand with architect Luis Salazar and landscape architect Drew Aqulina and after a two-year long design and planning process with neighbors and city planning department, Phoenix Council unanimously approved our plans to “build something so beautifully multi-purposed for our neighbors, community and House,” according to Kim Moody, founding director of Alwun House.
The park will be developed on two adjacent blighted lots and the vision includes the broadest possible range of artistic and community inclusion in all one place (note “all one” place was the thought behind the name Alwun House). The design and planning process for this one-of-a-kind project utilized the flexibility of the City’s new Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning, to fully maximize future opportunities to expanded sustainable activities. Future uses could include; coffeehouse/restaurant, public assembly, health fairs, food trucks, youth art making workshops and sales, and 41 additional uses.
Funds are currently being raised and sponsors will be honored for donations with various installed art elements such as pavers, benches, and entry monuments etched with the names of people, businesses and foundations that make possible this model transformative art park. For more information, please visit http://www.alwunhouse.org/green.