Parks do more than beautify and enhance a community. They’re also vital for preserving and protecting natural areas and supporting a healthy ecosystem. However, not all green space is as beneficial as you might think. Although most green spaces are an improvement over parking lots or other development from an ecological perspective, they may not be as sustainable as they need to be. That’s because many were designed with an eye toward their aesthetics and recreational potential, first and foremost. These certainly are important considerations when designing parks, but they shouldn’t be the only ones. The impact they will have on the planet also needs to be a top priority.
Building an eco-friendly park does more than provide a beautiful gathering place for people. It also helps strengthen the environment by bolstering the area’s native flora and fauna. For example, when it is designed with as many native plantings as possible, it creates a habitat for wildlife and encourages it to proliferate. Another key element to consider is the amount of construction that will go into the creation of the space. Limiting the amount of paved surfaces can help improve groundwater as well as provide more available land for animals.
For more tips about how to build a sustainable park, take a close look at the accompanying infographic.
Author bio: Lori Hamilton is Director of Business & Brand Development at Kaspar Manufacturing, a company that uses state-of-the-art technology to create a business’s concept into a product. Lori believes in the importance of sustainability because she believes it positively contributes to the economic & social development as well as the protection of the environment in the communities we call home.