World Garden Commons Site Conditions
The World Garden Commons site is located within Rabanus Park in Fargo, ND. Nestled in between both residential and commercial property, Rabanus Park hosts many amenities including several volleyball courts, walking trails, a warming hut, a community garden and a large storm water basin.
Located in the northeast corner of Rabanus Park, is a storm water basin with a footprint of approximately 18 acres. The contributing drainage area to the basin includes West Acres Mall and the commercial/retail properties located east of 45th St, between 13th Ave. S. and Interstate 94. The storm water entering the basin is only stored temporarily.
Up to summer 2015, the site was marked by a large concrete channel conveyed storm water through the basin and ultimately into the storm sewer system located in the northwest corner of the basin. Often, the mowed grass basin is almost completely empty, acting as an unattractive separation in space, causing the community on either side of it to feel “cut-off” from portions of the park and City.
A Community Vision
The new vision for the site considers the surrounding communities, the traffic patterns, rainfall events, and the Rabanus park amenities to provide neighborhood connectivity, water-quality improvement, continued flood control, and beauty to benefit the community.
World Garden Commons where Art, Community and Ecology converge as Prairie for the People