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Pullen Park: My guiding principles June 30, 2009

A fall day at the lake at Pullen Park

A fall day at the lake at Pullen Park

As I think of my work on Pullen Park, I realize how important these principles (among others) were to me — then and now:

…We must tread lightly upon the land, enhancing its natural characteristics, protecting its natural vegetation, utilizing its existing trees, and treating all areas left over after construction as open space…

…Wherever possible, natural systems should be utilized as educational devices in which children can play and come to understand that they are as important to human survival as they are to biological diversity and runoff mitigation…

…Understanding nature creates an appreciation of beauty, which in turn creates an appreciation of art. Think of the Holy Trinity not only as God, Son, and Holy Spirit but also as Nature, Beauty, and Art.

To see a beautiful “virtual tour” of the park, click here.

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