A Nesting Ground for El Paso
By Lyda Linsteadt
Landscape Architecture Design 4 | Hope Hasbrouck
The site, slated to be a deck park along a stretch of the I-10 freeway, lies at a central transportation mode within El Paso. It is approximately 20 minutes away by bus from both the University of Texas at El Paso and the two U.S./Mexico border crossings that lie just southwest. The site is also at a social node, bordered by El Paso's downtown and surrounded by multiple residential neighborhoods, many of which overlap a half-mile radius to the space. However, El Paso is lacking in its regional parks, which are very large parks that serve an entire city, represent the culture and identity of that city, and are central and accessible. Considering the centrality of this space, this site is ripe to serve as El Paso's new premier regional park, a new "nest" of green refuge and social incubation at the city's core. And, because it is locked within a developed urban center, the green space provided is focused to best serve flying fauna that will have the ability to access it alongside people.