This 2,700 square foot garden at Vander Veer Park in Davenport, Iowa was designed to serve as a therapy resource for people with disabilities of various kinds in the Quad City area. The site features amazing wheelchair accessible raised bed planting areas, a wheelchair accessible water fountain, and a new sound system to play music during the horticulture therapy sessions. Handicapped individuals will be able to plant, water, maintain, and even harvest their own projects. Users may also include military veterans, people recovering from a stroke, those experiencing grief, and there are even planters designed to be used by the visually impaired.
Local projects like this are one of the major reasons I love being an architectural photographer. I get to play a part of the cultural renewal of my home town. It is exhilarating to see and aid in bringing the community together around innovative design with an important purpose.
This is another amazing project designed by landscape architect Sandy Doran at Shive Hattery Architects and Engineers.
As of Tuesday October 9th the park is open to the public as well.