• Friends of Horseshoe Farm

A note from someone who read this piece about the Bolton property and the West Morgan Study Area. “Please see,” she writes, “[this} link to an update about Horsehoe Farm Park. I witnessed part of the struggle between citizens and staff as to the character of that park. This news reminds me to feel optimistic that citizens can influence the outcome for the West Morgan neighborhood.”

Ah, Horseshoe Farm — remember that battle?

Now comes the news:

Horseshoe Farm Park Will Test Sustainable Landscape Rating System

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) announced the selection of Horseshoe Farm Park as one of the first landscapes to participate in a new program testing the nation’s first rating system for green landscape design, construction and maintenance.

Horseshoe Farm Park will join more than 150 other projects from 34 states as well as from Canada, Iceland and Spain as part of an international pilot project program to evaluate the new SITES rating system for sustainable landscapes, with and without buildings. Sustainable landscapes can clean water, reduce pollution and restore habitats, while providing significant economic and social benefits to land owners and municipalities.

SITES, a partnership of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden, selected Horseshoe Farm Park based on its extensive environmentally friendly elements. These sustainable practices include: protecting a variety of habitats by minimizing site disturbance, implementing sustainable building systems, treating storm water and waste water on site and promoting environmental education.

Check the Friends of Horseshoe Farm website for more.