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ChildServe Healing Garden

Challenge

ChildServe, a non-profit organization that offers programs and support to children with special health care needs, was looking to update their existing outdoor enclosed patio area to better serve the hundreds of staff, parents, and children who frequent the facility. The organization knew they wanted more than the existing concrete patio and walls but did not have a vision for the space.

Solution

Shive-Hattery's landscape architects worked closely with a steering committee to identify common goals and presented a plan that had a large impact in a small configuration. The design incorporates natural materials for play elements, a large shade structure, multiple textures in walking paths and plantings to stimulate senses, an open turf area for events and free play, a decorated arbor that provides ample shade over café seating and multiple seating options for reflection and gathering. Providing a variety of experiences through lively kinetic sculptures and colorful plantings to contemplative bird watching along winding paths gives users of all capabilities a unique exchange with their environment. Shive-Hattery assisted ChildServe to create a phasing plan to accommodate their fund raising process.

Impact

The healing garden opened in 2016 and has been serving as a green oasis and providing opportunity for relief and play for patients and their families. Therapeutic elements have been incorporated into the design to allow children to complete their therapy sessions outdoors. The garden has also encouraged outdoor activities like movie night, crafts and special events that invite the community in to experience the important role ChildServe plays in so many lives.
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