PERMEABLE BRICK PAVERS -
AFRA’s role in this project was to take community members’ ideas of a GreenSpace, and form a design that would complement the Fassett lot. The Fassett GreenSpace brings a unique and playful spirit to Wellsville, and AFRA hopes to keep adding value to the park and further solidify the space’s new role as a community centerpiece. AFRA was awarded funding for the procurement and installation of permeable brick pavers to be placed in the entranceways of the Fassett GreenSpace and between the walls of the labyrinth. This will be installed by the end of 2019. The installation of permeable brick pavers would support the mission of the space in several ways:
Securing Structural Integrity. The labyrinth is built on a bed of washed stone and requires the installation of pavers for function and structure. By installing these pavers around and between the raised beds, the foundation will be solidified. This will protect the labyrinth from the freeze/thaw cycle and minimize any internal or external shifting that would compromise the circular beds. Without this added stability, this exceptional earthwork could be deconstructed by the elements within a few years.
Improving Traversability. Perhaps as important as durability, these pavers will also bring necessary usability to families that visit in the sculpture park. Currently, walking on the washed stone ground in- between the labyrinth walls is laborious for healthy individuals and impossible for wheelchairs, strollers,and motorized carts. Beyond prioritizing handicap accessibility and ADA compliance, AFRA wants visitors to be able to stroll comfortably and observe their surroundings. The Fassett GreenSpace needs a solid ‘floor’ to be truly accessible to the community.
Ensuring Ecological Stewardship. The Fassett GreenSpace is an urban project, surrounded by concrete and pavement, and the rainwater runoff from the space flows directly into the Genesee River located less than 500ft away. Placing permeable pavers on a bed of washed stone creates a passive water filtration system in which natural microbes form within the gravel and clean the water as it flows through. AFRA feels it is paramount that they should facilitate proper water management and remove excess contaminants before the wastewater meets the river.