ARLINGTON - University,
city and community leaders will gather in The Green at College Park Tuesday,
April 5, to officially open the innovative green space that anchors College
Park District to the south and embodies Arlington’s
progress toward urban renewal.
2 p.m. event will feature the release of 200 Painted Lady and Monarch butterflies
and remarks by Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck and Councilwoman Kathryn Wilemon and
will be emceed by Marni Jade Evans, interim director of the Sustainable Sites Initiative,
a pilot rating system for sustainable land development.
Green at College Park is the first of three major construction projects to be
completed in the in the College Park District, a 20-acre area under development
at UT Arlington. The new green space was designed with sustainability in mind
and is one of 150 locations worldwide to serve as a pilot for the SITES project,
a new rating system for green landscape, design, construction and maintenance.
The city of Arlington was instrumental in helping
UT Arlington secure a North Central Texas Council of Governments grant to fund construction
of the $2.8 million project.
"The Green at
College Park is one more example of the strong partnerships UT Arlington has
established with the city of Arlington and our neighbors," said James D. Spaniolo,
president of The University of Texas at Arlington. "We invite our
community to use this beautiful, sustainable space as a place to relax, unwind
The park lies southeast of the College Park
Center — the 6,500-seat events venue scheduled for completion late this year.
College Park District also includes a residential and retail project with residence
hall space and apartments for 600 students and two parking structures to serve 1,800
"This project shows what can be accomplished when government
entities – in this case the city, UT Arlington and the Council of Governments –
put the power of their combined resources toward a common goal," Cluck
said. "It is a prime example of the many successful collaborations that
are reshaping downtown Arlington."
The new green space was
designed by Arlington-based Schrickel, Rollins and Associates. It has a large
lawn, a curved stone wall for seating and paving materials made from recycled
bottles that will allow water to permeate the surface. Other sustainable
features include native and adaptive plants and a dry creek bed that will help
manage rainwater and storm water runoff that drains into Johnson Creek.
The Green at College Park is one of 150 pilot
projects being evaluated by SITES. The ratings system is modeled after the LEED
Green Building Rating System and promotes sustainable land development
SITES is a partnership of the American Society of
Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University
of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden.
Tuesday’s dedication will go on rain or shine.
The University of Texas at Arlington is a
research institution of nearly 33,800 students in the heart of North Texas.
Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.