I-35 Pollinator Garden

Project Goals:

+ Transform overgrown, vacant lots into a valued community asset

+ Provide an aesthetically pleasing space for Westside residents to rest, exercise, learn, and engage with neighbors

+ Provide an inviting walking trail to the existing Nottingham Community Garden

+ Ensure equitable access to public green spaces for the residents of the Westside

+ Provide a source of rest and nutrition for Monarch butterflies make their annual migration from Mexico to Canada, over I-35

+ Eliminate the I-35 division by creating a safe, well-lit underpass that draws people in

+ Use mural art to tell the stories of the Westside

+ Provide an educational space for schools to visit and learn about pollinators (bees, butterflies, etc.) and native plants

+ Engage residents and volunteer groups in the ongoing maintenance of the green space

+ Provide public space for neighbors to gather, organize, and celebrate together

Project Goals:

+ Philanthropic support for landscape design, labor, and material expenses

+ Volunteer support for planting garden beds (flowers, native plants, pollinator plants)

+ Philanthropic support or sponsorship of public art, lighting, and seating

+ Philanthropic support for operational expense including project management and community building & engagement

+ Volunteer support for ongoing maintenance of the community garden and green space

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Board Campaign

+ The Westside Housing Board of Directors has chosen the development of a green space in the neighborhood it calls homes as their signature project for 2017.  The organization has a cumulative goal to raise $60,000 for the project. 

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Westside Neighborhood Housing Unit Trend

1960

4,453

1970

2,366

1980

1,705

1990

1,636

2000

1,374

2010

1,376

384 Multifamily housing units completed in 2017

114 units in Westside, 270 units in adjacent Crossroads

Westside Neighborhood Population Trend

1960

11,660

1970

6,574

1980

4,528

1990

4,105

2000

3,567

2010

3,138

Aerial displays Westside and Crossroads Neighborhoods

Gentrification to add to population in coming years

Westside Urban Fabric

Residential - Single Family

School

Residential - Multifamily

Religion

Residential - Mixed Use

Community

Commercial Business

Highway

Restaurant

Street, Major Paving

Art

Landscape Elements

I-35 Underpass Market Site

Pollinator Garden Site

Existing Right-of-Way Conditions

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Pollinator Garden Plan and Program

Existing Kitchen Structure

I-35 Fence line

Existing shade trees to remain

Planting Beds:

Pollinator Beds, Missouri Wild Flower Beds

Potential Garden Program Furnishings:

Educational Signage, Benches, Exercise Equipment

Durable Path Material

Permaculture Water Purifying Berm

Butterfly Garden

Open South Site Section:

Receives most daylight hours

Pollinator Garden Path Perspective

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Location

Kansas City, Missouri

Type

Non-Profit, Professional

Firm

Freelance

Client

Speculative, Westside Housing Organization

Status

Fundraising

Related Project

Date

December 2016 - Present