Talley Landscape Architects (TLA) created the designs for the renovation of a 40-year-old pool complex that includes the addition of a modern splash pad utilizing Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant money.
TLA was brought in when the project was not progressing on schedule in compliance with the grant fund requirements. Based on TLA’s experience in writing and managing grant projects, our firm was asked to review projects and provide a proposal to complete the project and provide the construction administration services.
TLA worked closely with the Architect, Ken Schuler, who designed the new pool house. Upon review of site, we recommended a completely new site plan to bring the building from the near side of the property where the original had been to the front of the complex creating a secure entry. The building relocation allowed for a more expansive green space under an old oak tree whose diameter is more than 36-inches, the gazebo as a back drop, and a larger splash pad area.
With the loss of habitat in our urban areas and heavy use of chemicals that kill birds and beneficial insects such as bees, wasps, and butterflies, a significant element required in Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) grants is a butterfly garden. The site redevelopment allowed for the butterfly garden on this project to be expanded and within a month of establishment, 10 of the 12 species of butterflies identified in our interpretative signage had become residents of the project.