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Published on Feb 6, 2013
Watch community design in action at The Fargo Project's WeDesign Workshop in Fargo, ND. The Fargo Project is a pilot project to transform an 18-acre urban storm water detention basin into a multipurpose commons with restored native prairie stream, walking trails, and outdoor spaces for people to gather, play and celebrate. This will be a place where people can connect with each other and with plants, sky, earth, birds, insects and the water that supports all life. The project's long-term goal is to transform many of Fargo's storm water detention basins into a network of neighborhood amenities and to do this through a fully participatory community process. The project is a collaboration between the City of Fargo, a team of local artists, residents of Fargo, and local non-profits and is co-lead by City of Fargo planner/landscape architect Nicole Crutchfield, and ecological artist Jackie Brookner.
The Fargo Project demonstrates how active community process can synergize with holistic ecological restoration and socially engaged ecological art to transform functioning storm water infrastructure into vibrant green spaces for urban communities. Water quality, flood control, biodiversity, cultural diversity, and human health and well being benefit from recognizing and celebrating storm water as the valuable resource it is.
The project received a 2011 "Our Town" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.