Perry Harvey Sr. Park

Tamps, FL

Building upon the park’s rich ethnographic history, physical attributes, and proximity to a new mixed-use development, this proposal transforms an under-performing neighborhood park into a high-performance urban landscape and destination park for all citizens of Tampa to enjoy. Rich ethnographic history, strategic location, and generous size lend the Perry Harvey Senior Park the potential to become a world class public space and a source of pride for the citizens of Tampa. Celebrating the rich ethnographic heritage as a unique cultural landscape, the proposal considers designed systems which maximize environmental, social, and economic benefits while minimizing or eliminating negative impact on the natural environment. Design intervention enhances and mimics natural systems, fosters energy and natural resource conservation, and reduces long-term operating and maintenance costs to make the new park a model for sustainable urban design in Florida. Through a collaborative design process which engages community and City alike, the proposal engages digital media to introduce an environmental education program that describes to visitors how sustainable practices are employed in the park.