Environmental artist Elizabeth Conner will lead a community planting project in Anita Stroud Park (2215 Double Oaks Road) that integrates art while remediating storm water drainage issues on Saturday, March 9 from 8 AM to Noon
Elizabeth Conner will lead residents of Brightwalk and volunteers from Genesis Park, and Park at Oaklawn communities. Staff representatives from partnering organizations McColl Center of Visual Art, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation, and the Charlotte-Meckleburg Housing Partnership will also be on site for the community project.
The garden at Anita Stroud Park will serve as a water collection area, to manage storm water drainage issues that impact a well-used circular pathway that borders the park’s picnic shelter. Environmental Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art, Elizabeth Conner, wanted to improve the space for park users, and make the project replicable for residents who want to try something similar at home, or for future neighborhood-based projects within the park. Only native plants have been selected for this project, and many will attract birds, bees, and butterflies. The garden is designed to maintain visual interest during all four seasons and to complement the existing landscape, which includes both living and built elements, such as a stream and the central pedestrian bridge that crosses it to connect several neighborhoods.