Mark K. Morrison Landscape Architecture
Staten Island, New York
Faber Park in Staten Island is part of the Parks Without Borders Initiative – a program to unify the public realm through design. This design concept starts with the idea that a unified public realm allows for more mobility and access, easier interaction, and a better urban experience for visitors and residents alike. Faber Park features an esplanade along the waterfront, a swimming pool, a recreation center, a playground and a multi-use natural lawn. It also offers programmable spaces for different events throughout the seasons, such as Cinco de Mayo, Daffodil Festival, and Movie Nights.
Faber Park is close to the Kill Van Kull (a tidal strait) and is within the 100 year floodplain. To mitigate flooding and the amount of stormwater that runs downhill into the Kill Van Kull, Mark K. Morrison Landscape Architecture used a series of bio-remediation swales in their design. NYC Parks permeable paver details were also used throughout the design to promote infiltration and to comply with all stormwater regulations. Unilock Permeable Hex pavers with a smooth premier finish set the main groundwork for the walkways and linkages, unifying the park with a geometric yet contemporary look. Meanwhile, Eco-Priora™ pavers in the Series™ exposed granite finish create textured edge details for visual interest. This material selection was optimal for balancing the technical and aesthetic requirements of the park design, and the result is a beautiful community space that respects the ecology of the site while offering visitors a unique outdoor experience in the city.