Coyle & Caron Collaborates with Green Up Orlando for Ivey Lane Revitalization during Pro Bowl Week

Last summer Coyle & Caron approached the City of Orlando’s Parks Division with an offer to put our design experience to work through the City’s GreenUp program. The mission of GreenUp Orlando (to increase the City’s available tree canopy and to improve the appearance of our community) was something Coyle & Caron wanted to support and saw as a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community. GreenUp Orlando’s projects are fueled by volunteer time, effort, and donations.

The initial meeting between the Parks Division staff and Coyle & Caron quickly identified Ivey Lane Park as the ideal project. Sally Coyle’s specialties as a landscape architect include parks, botanical gardens  and zoos, environmental restoration, waterfronts and gardens, with recent work in award-winning children’s experiential play areas.

Janice Rahill, Manager of GreenUp Orlando, and Jody Buyas, Coordinator for Keep Orlando Beautiful, saw an opportunity to improve Ivey Lane for its primary stakeholders, children 5-14 years old, as well as community members of all ages. They knew that NFL Green, the National Football League’s Environmental program for Pro Bowl would want to assist.

In August, we conducted our first site visit with the Parks team and the Stormwater Division. Our projects thrive on collaboration, and this one offered lots of opportunity for it. The summer rains had been heavy and it was obvious our work would need to include stormwater management and planting a wetland buffer to improve its ability to uptake water for several areas of the park. Our team saw an opportunity to include pollinator plantings and signage that would explain pollinators are not only beautiful, but important to our food supply. We also identified the best location for a raingarden, a donation from Suntree, and we’re working to create educational signage about how plants filter rainwater and run-off in the groundwater cycle.

During Pro Bowl week volunteers came together under Green Up Orlando to install the planting design. Through donations from the NFL and Verizon, the NFL’s sustainability partner for Pro Bowl, volunteers planted pollinator plants, wetland buffer plants and trees. They also installed a community garden and an interactive play area. Volunteers were from several groups: Verizon’s Green Team, soldiers from the 143rd Sustainment Command, and community volunteers and students from Evans High School and Ivey Lane Elementary School. Click here for the OCFL News video coverage of the revitalization project, and here for more information and photos.

photos above courtesy of City of Orlando; photos below from our initial site visit with the Parks Division