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Fargo Project Timeline

September 2011 - December 2011

Comparative analysis of neighborhood demographics, social needs, and watershed infrastructure. In September 2011, several neighborhood areas were analyzed and then short listed to three sites, selected for further analysis. These sites were: Rabanus Park, Buena Vista, and Jefferson Park. Neighborhood outreach activities and contextual study to learn about the cultural diversity, community needs, and stakeholder interest of each of these areas is a part of this phase.

January 2011 - March 2012

The project team will hold meetings and workshops in neighborhoods to learn and engage interests. Investigation and development of the skills and capacity for participating in a sustained community process will be explored. One of the three neighborhoods will be selected as the pilot project to be completed (with the intention that the other two sites will be completed at a later time). The goal is to integrate participants with varying expertise will be integrated into these neighborhood workshops. Conceptual design development of the pilot project will also be an outcome of this phase.

March 2012 – June 2012

The collaborative design process between neighborhood participants, community members, and artist partners will focus on the uses of the neighborhood drainage basin, its design, and its associated programming. In April 2012, the WeDesign Charrette was held which brought together a wide variety of participants who shared their ideas for Rabanus Park. The participants were split into groups; from there they worked together towards a design idea. After the event, these were combined to form what would become the general plan for the site.

June 2012 – July 3013

The partnership with community organizations continues, including with the Plains Art Museum who exhibit the results of the design charrettes, NDSU students who wished to apply their coursework into the real world, and the team of artists who continue sharing their creative output among others The physical, technical, and economic feasibility of the ideas generated in the charrettes is examined with the help of those knowledgeable in hydrology, native planting, and grant writing. Additional funding sources to continue the work of the Fargo Project are being sought out.

August 2013 - December 2014

Continued design details of the basin and development of artist site components, including the Listening Garden and Overlook. An analysis/workbook of lessons learned of the project is in process, which will become a valuable resource for those looking to revitalize other detention basins.

January 2015 & Beyond

Earth work will begin mid-summer to demolish a majority of the concrete channel to restore the site to a more natural system. Further research will be conducted on the water once the concrete has been removed. Additional earthwork will occur to rough grade other site elements, such as the Listening Garden. The initial phase of vegetation restoration begins, including inventory and management. Design development of other site components will continue, including the Overlook, Boardwalk and Natural Play area. Construction of the Listening Garden components of slit drums, marimba logs and drum seats will take place. Development of the Welcome Garden and Water Features will take place in the near future.