Swingings and Swings

Swingings and Swings

Pashek + MTR is working with two public agencies to design a high-risk stormwater runoff in Pittsburgh.

One October afternoon, I was standing on Squirrel Hill, five miles from downtown Pittsburgh, when I saw a young woman with a red bag trying to get off her bike. She approached the hill with good speed and lack of confidence and was halfway there before she started to lose speed. She started trembling two-thirds of the way. Driving a few more meters, she surrendered to the inevitable and ended her journey on foot.

It sits at the foot of the Whiteman Park, and has recently been redesigned around the power that the young woman is trying to overcome. Rainwater is stored in valleys in Pittsburgh Hill District. A.D. In 2014, the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) launched a master-planning process for a low-lying, two-hectare park, a small baseball field, half a basketball court and older playgrounds. A flowing stream. Neighbors have heard that Pittsburgh-based Pashk + MTR landscape architects are deteriorating during hurricanes in the process of collecting and designing community resources for the master plan.

Sarah Thompson, ASLA, CEO of the company, said:

The park has a pile of rocks leading to the rainforest in the Central Basin. Photo by Pashek + MTR.

In the meantime, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewerage Authority (PWSA) has focused on large-scale green infrastructure projects, with some plans to catch rainwater at Whitman Park on social media and reach out to Pashk + MTR. Gradually, the PWSA and the DPW reached an agreement with the city’s Water and Sewerage Authority, which is responsible for landscaping and underground infrastructure. According to Andrea Ketzell, senior landscape architect in Pittsburgh, this was the first time the two agencies had collaborated on such a project, but more cooperation is already underway by both agencies.

The low-lying park controls 15 times the amount of rainwater. Image courtesy Ethos Collaborative.

It was also a special collaboration between the engineers who worked on the Pascheck + MTR and Ethos Collaborative, rainwater management. City agencies, landscape architects, engineers, and contractors have worked together with residents to reshape the site. The park now displays a pile of rocks that would bring floodwaters from local streets into the central rainforest, across a winding board in the park’s basin, replacing much of the lawn. Storage systems buried under playgrounds, gardens and soccer fields can store more than 300,000 gallons of water. In total, the two-hectare park manages about 30 acres of rainwater.

Storage tanks under the park floor hold up to 300,000 gallons of rainwater. Image courtesy Ethos Collaborative.

The park reopened in Since the end of 2020, children scream as gravity descends on the edge of the park, and adults walk and walk around the park. On the way to the board through the rain garden. That Friday afternoon, standing on the cliff, Thompson pointed to the platform above the bathrooms, which created an overview of the park and explained how water moves in space. “We want to make rainwater visible and use it as a learning tool,” she said. From above, you may not see the old creek, but when astronauts and golden rods grow in a rain garden, it is clear where the water is going to be.

Pashek + MTR worked with engineers to design a neighborhood park that would provide the infrastructure objective. Photo by Pashek + MTR.

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