Multi-use of stormwater detention ponds in parks and open spaces
Shinde, Pallavi Shashank
MetadataShow full item record
Water possesses several qualities that contribute to positive aesthetic experience. But these qualities are rarely exploited in our cities. On one hand we treat water as an exciting element adorning our city squares in the form of fountains, while on the other hand is the merely functional drainage system. We overlook the possibility of utilizing stormwater for recreational and aesthestic purposes. The detention basins being designed today are still a single purpose facility. Some are rectangular boxes and look like mud holes in the ground, surrounded by fences. This thesis proposes a design that transforms such detention basins in the Southeast Clarke County Community Park, Athens, GA, into a multi-use amenity providing recreation, aesthetic value and wildlife habitat along with flood control. The design proposal exposes the flow of stormwater and brings people in contact with it, putting it back into the social consciousness of the urban society. The proposal illustrates that detention ponds do not have to be sterile and ugly but can be attractive and form sustainable systems.