Crosby Hanna & Associates successfully competed for the commission to perform a landscape assessment for all the lands within the Wascana Centre boundary (approximately 930 hectares). The landscape assessment included: “soft landscape” – turf, trees, shrub beds, flower beds, naturalized areas, play fields, ball diamonds, and crusher-dust/wood chip pathways; as well as bollards, site furniture, irrigation, select art features, monuments and memorials, and two play areas. The project team included those with expertise in plant assessment, structural engineering, art conservation, play structure assessment, and computer programming. Landscape data was collected electronically using handheld GPS enabled devices. In total, 13,405 points of data were collected, representing 1.1 million square meters of turf, over 60,000 trees, and 157,000 square meters of shrub beds and other landscape items. The landscape assessment provides Wascana Centre with accurate baseline data on the existing conditions of their landsape. The existing conditions and the associated costs to bring conditions to an acceptable level will help them to prioritize funding and projects. The method of collecting data is repeatable, and Wascana Centre could use it again to track the effect that prioritized funding has had on the landscape’s condition.
Location: Regina, SK