Ivey Lane WETLAND BUFFER

Orlando, Florida

Ivey Lane Park sits adjacent to an elementary school in an underserved neighborhood in Orlando. The park includes a community center that offers summer programs and after school care for many of these students.

Coyle & Caron led this pro-bono park revitalization design under the City of Orlando’s GreenUp Program, in collaboration with the City of Orlando Stormwater Division, and with input from the Ivey Lane Community Center Manager.

One of the challenges within this park is that several of the original park structures were located too close to a wetland. We recommended french drains around the pavilion, but also a planted buffer for increased absorbtion along with interpretive signage about the importance of wetlands. Our designs also addressed general stormwater management at the edges of the park where drainage was particularly slow. To mitigate ponding in all of these areas, we used a Florida-friendly plant palette of wetland trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants with as many pollinators as possible to create a beautiful buffer zone.

Through donations from NFL Green’s Environmental Program and Verizon, volunteers came together during Pro Bowl Week for planting and installations.

photo courtesy of City of Orlando

photo courtesy of City of Orlando

Volunteers from the US Army 143rd Sustainment Command, photo courtesy of the City of Orlando

Volunteers from the US Army 143rd Sustainment Command,
photo courtesy of the City of Orlando

Sally Coyle with Janice Rahill and City of Orlando Parks and Recreation staff during initial site visit

Sally Coyle with Janice Rahill and City of Orlando Parks and Recreation staff during initial site visit