The Blackwell School Park on the south side of Marfa is undergoing some updates. Thanks to locals Peter Stanley and Ann Marie Nafziger in collaboration with Design Build Adventure Camp Jack Sanders for jump starting the next phase of park development.
The park originally funded by Texas Parks and Wildlife had a modest budget. Rather than set the design scope to match the budget, it was decided to develop a grander long term master plan with the vision being, that when additional funding became available the original scope of work could be completed.
The updates include a long community table of steel and concrete under a long shade structure located adjacent to a bandstand. In addition a more permanent addition of cedar boards have been attached to the underside of steel shade structure. Originally it was thought that native Canyon Grapes with benefit of routine, regular irrigation, would grow over the top of the cattle panel on top of the shade structure forming a grape arbor.
Since the park opening in 2010, several native trees have died that require replacement, otherwise the vegetation has grown well especially the Native Honeysuckle along the perimeter fence. Hopefully the momentum established can continue and additional design features like the rainwater harvesting system and automatic drip irrigation system can be completed.
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