Designers welcome help planning water
By Chuck Frederick
Duluth News Tribune
Published December 9th, 2004
Designs for the long-discussed living water garden at
Duluth's Bayfront Festival Park will begin to be put on
paper Saturday, and you're invited to help.
The nonprofit Sweetwater Alliance has scheduled a public
brainstorming session with an internationally known landscape
designer tapped to help create the garden, alliance founder
Jill Jacoby announced this week.
Patricia Johanson of New York will lead the six-hour
session at Hartley Nature Center. Her resume includes
the $30 million baywalk around San Francisco's Candlestick
Park State Recreation Area that's also a sewer basin,
and the 912-acre, $200 million Ulsan Park in Seoul, South
Korea -- an interactive garden that also rids water of
decades of pollution.
The project in Duluth will clean storm water from downtown
but will only be about a half-acre in size. The hope is
that the attraction will serve as a model for Duluthians
and visitors, showing them how plants and rocks can be
used at their own homes to capture rainwater and runoff,
to filter out pollutants and, finally, to release cleaner
water into Lake Superior.
Design work for the storm water garden is expected to
cost $116,000. The money is coming from several sources,
including donations. The Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal
Program has offered $58,000 if Sweetwater Alliance is
able to raise a matching $58,000 by the end of the year.
The nonprofit has collected about $37,000. It can receive
an additional $10,000 from the Four Cedars Foundation,
which has Twin Ports ties, if it's able to raise $12,000.
That $12,000 is the amount Sweetwater Alliance still needs
For more information about the project or about Saturday's
session, contact the 2-year-old nonprofit at 728-5392
or visit it on the Internet at www.sweetwateralliance.org.
Donations to the living water garden can be mailed to
Sweetwater Alliance, P.O. Box 3100, Duluth, MN 55803.