Exterior Digital Record 7 – Treehouse/ Jungle Gym


There is a mini jungle gym located in the back edge of the garden and next to the chicken coop. This jungle gym has an old school feel to it because of how it is built of all wood. There is also a tire swing and a small slide connected to it. The jungle gym is primarily for the kids that come to this garden to play on while learning about the natural resources the garden has to offer.

Exterior Digital Record 5 – Engraved Dedication Bricks


Located directly under the gazebo on the ground is floor filled with engraved bricks honoring loved ones, community leaders, and respected figures. The dedication bricks are in honor of those who have donated for the funding of the garden and active members of the community. These bricks add insight to the funding of the garden and add a beautiful touch to the atmosphere of the gazebo!

Exterior Digital Record 4 – Garden Gazebo


Located directly inside the middle of the garden is the beautifully built gazebo. The whole garden is centered around the gazebo which has a beautiful brick walkway and built in seating on all sides. The gazebo is a great peaceful environment to come sit, relax, and enjoy nature that is in the garden.

Exterior Digital Record 3 – Edgewood Sign and Sandbox


The Edgewood sign located on the far back fencing of the garden is a vital component of the garden. The Edgewood sign is painted in a fun and colorful manner to indicate its open environment for kids and also associating aspects of the garden into the image fruits and vegetables such as grapes and tomatoes painted into the image. The garden also has a small sandbox area in which kids can come and play in.

Exterior Digital Record 2 – Chicken Coop


Located on the far back fencing of the middle left side of the garden is the Edgewood Community Learning Gardens very own chicken coop! This chicken coop houses approximately 10 chickens including two beehives that are located inside the chicken coop. The chickens help the bees survive by eating beetles that get into the hive and destroy it, which intern results in the healthy bees pollinating the garden to help keep it growing.

Exterior Digital Record 1 – Veggie Beds


Within the Edgewood Community Learning Garden you can find a vast array of vegetation and natural resources located throughout the area. This is an image of a few of the gardens nine vegetation beds, berry bushes, mushroom logs, and compost bins. These veggie beds are located immediately to your left as you enter the garden and have signs placed at the head of each bed indicating what each plant in the veggie beds are! The veggie beds are open for all to come look at and observe.

Annotated Bibliography 3

Felson, Alexander J., et al. “Mapping The Design Process For Urban Ecology Researchers.” Bioscience 63.11 (2013): 854-865. Environment Complete. Web. 5 Feb. 2016.

Throughout this article we gain an in depth understanding on how designers, engineers, and planners rely on scientific information that they, along with environmental consultants and scientists have adapted to the design process of urban environments. The environmental consultants are there to provide expertise on regulatory concerns as well as ecological input for the projected urban design projects. There is a series of design processes these consultants go through to design ecological and efficient urban architectural projects such as the first design process phase which include negotiations that determine the project team, time frame, program, and method of payments for these individual projects. Within the making of these urban designs, environmental consultants are invited to review the design and to share feedback and advice on how to reduce environmental impacts and related concerns. The ecological researchers are strategically placed in the involvement of urban design so that the end result of the urban project with the client and contractors lines up toward establishing viable research with the built environment and ecosystem.  

Annotated Bibliography 2

Rizzo, Christopher. “Alternative Funding For An Equitable Park System In New York City And State.” Pace Environmental Law Review 32.(2015): 635. LexisNexis Academic: Law Reviews. Web. 5 Feb. 2016.

This article is based on the increase of “flagship parks” which means decimating friendly small parks and turning them into a wide public area for everyone to visit. This happens because there is not enough fundings to maintain the park, so private companies are allowed to takeover to reduce the price burden for the State. The main issue takes place in New York and discusses the struggles to acquire the funding and the maintenance of parks throughout the state. Not only do they have to convince the state for their dire need of funding, but they also have to compete with other departments for the funding. Although the funds are scarce, it is projected to grow due to the reliance on coastal parks. These parks, however, are expected to require an immense increase in maintenance and care due to the location of the parks. They are located towards the edge of the state; close to the sea, the parks are more likely to become destroyed due to hurricanes or other natural disasters. Similar areas are also subjected to extreme and uncontrollable climate changes. The article mentions a relief to monetary issues by having sought out sponsorships, capital budget reforms, and an increase on tax to help supply revenue.

Annotated Bibliography 1

Bentley, Mace L., J. Anthony Stallins, and Walker S. Ashley. “Synoptic Environments Favourable For Urban Convection In Atlanta, Georgia.” International Journal Of Climatology 32.8 (2012): 1287-1294. Environment Complete. Web. 5 Feb. 2016.

This article focuses on the pollution and drastic temperature changes and how they correlate to the outcome of the climate. Stated in the beginning, the air from pollution encourages a “collision-coalescence process” which in turn affects the weather by intensifying precipitation rates. The article contains data from multiple cities where they compared and contrasted the rates of storms and how frequent lightning strikes would occur. Research showed that Atlanta has weak thunderstorms during the warm seasons when compared to other cities such as Houston, Texas and Phoenix, Arizona. When heat induced storms appeared, they were inclined to spread further out into the suburbs of the state. The scientists measured the magnitude of the storms by measuring the thermodynamic instability which is the amount of heat produced; the heat measured originates from the lightning that strikes during the storm. The more water present during the storm also increased the likelihood of lightning strikes per storm. In conclusion, they discovered that areas of high instability and elevated air decreased the strength and chance of thunderstorms occurring.