If you’ve been by the Kettering Government Center this summer, you probably noticed some changes in the works. The landscaping on this campus is being redesigned. In fact, this project “is part of a much larger project that will encompass a redesigned landscape throughout the Government Center campus, Civic Commons and Lincoln Park in future years,” said Parks Superintendent, Gary Schussler.
Due to the landscapes outgrowing their spaces and the impact of electrical work and parking lot renovations on the landscaping, the decision was made to give it a makeover. “ The renovations you see right now are addressing not only aesthetic concerns, but also drainage, erosion and ongoing maintenance issues throughout the campus,” Schussler said.
You may have seen the large boulders, which are being set within the banks of the south building breezeways. City of Kettering Parks staff, along with staff from Siebenthaler’s Garden Center, designed this landscape and chose these boulders to eliminate erosion issues with the by stabilizing them with 2,200-3,300 pound boulders acting as retaining stones. Parks staff also opted to break up the mostly hard-lined architecture seen throughout the Government Center with a more natural look and feel throughout the landscape.
Additionally, the concrete curbing was poured in place of old, deteriorating wooden ties to act as an erosion control measure due to the steep landscaped banks surrounding the south building.
The plantings will include a wide variety of color and seasonal interest, much of which can be seen throughout other Kettering facilities, such as the fire houses, that have been renovated recently,” Schussler said. “The idea is to include plant species and colors that are similar at each location, so that residents and visitors recognize and notice that it is a ‘City of Kettering’ facility. Many of the trees and perennials selected offer both foliage interest based on leaf formation and shape, but also those that flower in the early spring through summer to offer the impact everyone loves to see during the warmer months.”
The irrigation system is also being repaired and reconfigured to accommodate the new landscaping.
Weather depending, the anticipated project completion date is September 1.