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Tarrant EcoScape

Located at 1113 Ford Avenue in downtown Tarrant, this novel project provides natural restoration to a vacant lot that at one time housed a dry cleaning business.  Designed for passive recreation and use as an outdoor classroom, Tarrant EcoScape's bioswales mitigate stormwater runoff from adjacent parking lots. Fonde Taylor's ornamental fence gives a second life to metal waste and serves as a frame for climbing roses. The park features a mosaic fountain, benches made from reclaimed granite street curbs, and herb garden planted by Tarrant Middle School students.   

Phase II plans call for a culinary arts cafe to open across the street from Tarrant EcoScape, and for locally designed street banners along Ford Avenue to draw in traffic from nearby Hwy 79.

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Arnie            Before            Bioswale

At work       At work       Group