This storm water drainage pond had long been an eyesore- fenced off and adjacent to a high school and middle school in El Paso, TX. With the help of Sites Southwest, it’s been converted into an innovative green space.
Sites designed two new flat fields for the park to fulfill the city’s short supply of soccer fields. When empty, the fields serve as open grass areas enhanced with plazas, tables, benches, trees and low water attractive plantings. Also added: a hike/bike path, plaza, playground and inviting landscaping.
Multiple tiers around the pond were seeded with appropriate plant material to accommodate the anticipated water levels. The lowest tier was seeded with a pond mix specially chosen for the amount of water that would be in this area year round. The seed mix designed for the slopes contains wildflowers and native grasses requiring much less water. Fields were sodded and tree buffers installed along the park’s border with Loop 375. ADA access was provided to the lower level to ensure the park/pond will be welcoming to everyone.