SF's Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse to Test Sustainable Landscape Rating System

June 3, 2010

The Sustainable Sites InitiativeTM (SITESTM) announced the selection of Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse as one of the first landscapes to participate in a new program testing the nation's first rating system for green landscape design, construction and maintenance.

Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse will join more than 150 other projects from 34 states as well as from Canada, Iceland and Spain as part of an international pilot project program to evaluate the new SITES rating system for sustainable landscapes, with and without buildings. Sustainable landscapes can clean water, reduce pollution and restore habitats, while providing significant economic and social benefits to land owners and municipalities.

SITES, a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden, selected Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse based on its extensive environmentally friendly elements.

The new park will reduce water consumption and pollution by capturing and reusing rainwater on site with permeable paving, bioswales and a cistern system supplying a low-flow irrigation system. To increase social connections in the neighborhood The Trust for Public Land held 10 community meetings prior to beginning design and continues to include and encourage involvement by neighbors and local businesses. The park will feature places to gather including an outdoor stage, seating and three activity patios. Redesigning the park to include play areas for kids and outdoor fitness machines for adults as well as a walking loop encourages outdoor activities for all ages and decreases the number of children bused out of the neighborhood for recreation. With signs to describing the story of water and energy conservation in the park the project will increase understanding of the natural environment, which is lacking in this dense urban neighborhood.

Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse joins the Smithsonian Institution's African American History & Culture museum, a New Orleans' project to absorb storm water on the streets of the Lower Ninth Ward flooded during Hurricane Katrina, and other pilot projects that include academic and corporate campuses, public parks with hundreds of acres, transportation corridors and private residences of less than one acre.

Boeddeker Park and Clubhouse was designed by The Trust for Public Land, WRNS Studios and Sherwood Design Engineers. The 1-acre site was developed to create a landmark parks and recreation facility with the theme of sustainable water and resource use. Like the other pilot projects, the site will test the point system for achieving different levels of site sustainability on a 250-point scale, and the performance benchmarks associated with specific credits within the Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks 2009. The site's other sustainability features include pervious concrete paving, FSC certified wood and use of recycled and reclaimed materials in site furnishings and play equipment.

SITES will use feedback from this and the other selected projects during the pilot phase, which runs through June 2012, to revise the final rating system and reference guide by early 2013. The U.S. Green Building Council, a stakeholder in the Sustainable Sites Initiative, anticipates incorporating the guidelines and performance benchmarks into future iterations of its LEED? Green Building Rating SystemTM.

About the Sustainable Sites Initiative
The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) is an interdisciplinary partnership led by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to transform land development and management practices with the nation's first voluntary rating system for sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings. As these guidelines become the accepted practices by professionals and nonprofessionals alike, they will transform the ways we design and build on the land, creating landscapes that nourish life for generations to come. For more information, visit www.sustainablesites.org.

About The Trust for Public Land (TPL)
TPL is a national, nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places. Since 1972, TPL has completed 4,500 projects in 47 states, protecting nearly 3 million acres.