Urban Land Institute Awards OJB with 2015 Urban Open Space Award for Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklah
Enviro Clean's Cardinal Engineering served on the design team for the renovation of Myriad Botanical Gardens. The project transformed 15 quiet, underutilized acres of open space into a highly programmed urban park and the center of downtown public life. The project was a part of Oklahoma City’s ambitious Project 180. The redesign of the Myriad Gardens allows the large space to more effectively function as an urban park – with performance spaces, informal and formal gathering spots, dramatic water features and impressive native plant collections. The framework of the park evolved to preserve over 300 high-value specimen trees and to direct on-site stormwater to the renovated central lake, where it supplements irrigation. Permeable and inviting along its edges, the garden draws visitors onto a tree-lined promenade that loops through botanical plantings around the lake’s upper rim. Quiet, shaded berms to the northwest overlook the 28,000 SF Great Lawn and a sculptural bandshell; along Hudson Avenue to the west, a grove of sycamores trees buffers the street while providing flexible garden space to support Oklahoma City’s annual Festival of the Arts. To the south, an interactive water feature marks the entry to a children’s garden that balances active play with natural learning. A dog park, a fountain plaza, and a restaurant with outdoor dining enliven the eastern portion of the site. Since its 2011 re-opening, the park has welcomed more than a million visitors annually and catalyzed downtown economic development, earning it a 2015 ULI Urban Open Space Award.