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Michael Parkey, Landscape Architect, provides a complete range of landscape architectural services, from the earliest stage of design to landscape maintenance supervision.  Mr. Parkey is personally responsible for every phase of every project.

A complete list of our services follows, in the order in which they are usually done.  Clients may choose all services, or only the ones they need for their individual project.

  • Site inventory and analysis
  • Program development
  • Feasibility assessment
  • Master planning
  • Conceptual design
  • Phasing
  • Design development
  • Construction cost estimate
  • Landscape illustration
  • Construction documents
  • Competitive bidding and selection of contractors
  • Construction observation
  • Maintenance consultation

 


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Project Descriptions

Jonathon's Place: A New Facility for the Kidnet Foundation

Garland, Texas

KidNet Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides services for children in foster care and families at risk.  After out-growing its original home, Jonathon’s Place, the Foundation began planning an ambitious new 5-acre facility in 2000.

Working closely with architect Bill Larson, Michael Parkey developed a landscape master plan for the facility to be built in three phases.  The new campus includes a teaching center for parenting skills, administrative offices, and a large residential care area for children from infants to middle school age.  Children in residence at Jonathon’s Place have been removed from their families because of neglect or abuse, and are not ready for normal foster homes.  Wishing to avoid the institutional feeling typical of such facilities, the complex is designed as a series of small, home-like buildings connected with covered walkways and gardens.  All children have outdoor “play gardens” appropriate to their age, which allow them direct contact with nature.  Other unique features of the landscape include goldfish ponds, aviaries, and a dry stream running through the center of the campus which also functions to drain storm water.

 Jonathon’s Place is one of very few foster homes that can care for entire families of children of different ages, allowing siblings to remain together.  The project was built in three phases, and was completed in 2009.

Lakewood Entries and Street Landscapes

Dallas, Texas

Lakewood is one of Dallas’s best known historic neighborhoods, famous for its location on White Rock Lake, and for its eclectic mix of Spanish, Italian, and Tudor architecture.  While the tree-lined streets and restored homes of Lakewood were easily recognized, the boundaries and entries of the neighborhood were not.  In 2001, the Lakewood Neighborhood Association asked Michael Parkey to design new landscapes for its boundaries and entries.

The new landscapes are on public property in rights-of-way, medians, and traffic islands.  Most of these had never been planted, and were poorly maintained, giving the neighborhood a bland, unattractive face.  New plantings were chosen to be unique and beautiful, but easily maintained.  A special challenge in the design of these new landscapes was to make them compatible with streets and utilities sharing the same land.  The project was divided into many small phases to allow the Association to raise funds, and to make maximum use of supporting grants from the City of Dallas MOWmentum project.  Several areas are now complete, with many others in progress.

 


Reading and Radio Resource

Dallas, Texas

Reading and Radio Resource is a non-profit organization that provides radio broadcasts and audio recording of books and periodicals for visually impaired people.  RRR is also helping to record the entire collection of the Library of Congress.

In 2001, RRR decided to move from its cramped facility to a new location with a building designed specifically for its needs.  The new location was highly visible, just north of downtown Dallas.  The organization wanted to have an attractive public presence, and provide useful, relaxing outdoor spaces for visitors, employees, and volunteers.  A special challenge was to preserve several very large live oaks and elms despite the need to use most of the site for building and parking.

The building and landscape were completed in 2003.  Staff now has a shady outdoor dining area adjacent to the kitchen.  Rooms used by readers while taping books have views of attractive “cup gardens” to make long recording sessions more pleasant.

Texas Discovery Gardens

Fair Park, Dallas, Texas

Originally built as part of the 1936 State Centennial Exposition in Fair Park, the Hall of Horticulture is the oldest botanical garden in the state of Texas. In 1997, it adopted a new name, the Texas Discovery Gardens, and a new mission. The gardens are now dedicated to the display of resource efficient landscapes, emphasizing native and adapted plants, and urban wildlife habitat. With Michael Kendall, ASLA and Lake/Flato Architects of San Antonio, Michael Parkey created a new master plan reflecting the new mission in 1999. The 1936 structure will be adaptively re-used, preserving its historic value and accommodating a new butterfly conservatory and insectarium. New and renovated gardens will focus on the relationship of the city to its natural environment and how the two may co-exist.

Landscape Master Plan for Blucherville

Corpus Christi, Texas

The Junior League of Corpus Christi was given a 2.7 acre property near downtown with several historic, turn of the century homes and other buildings. One condition of the gift was that the League restore the buildings and use them to display the history of Corpus Christi. This is largely complete. Another condition of the gift was that the grounds be developed into a garden setting for the homes to display native plants and to provide habitat for birds.

In collaboration with Sally Wasowski, a master plan proposed historically appropriate landscape design near the buildings, and recreation of natural habitats of the Gulf coast on other portions of the property. Phase 1 of the master plan is under construction.

Environmental Education Center and Post Oak Preserve

Seagoville, Texas

As the result of an extensive study of environmental education needs, in 1993 a group of private donors decided to enhance the programs and facilities at the Environmental Education Center of the Dallas Public Schools and the Post Oak Preserve of Dallas County. Located on 40 acres in south east Dallas County, the Environmental Education Center (the Center) has been a field trip destination for the Dallas Public Schools and surrounding school districts for fifteen years. The adjacent Post Oak Preserve (the Preserve) was acquired by Dallas County as part of its open space program in 1990, and has been managed and used by Dallas Public Schools since it became a public facility. The Preserve is 350 acres in size, and includes a virgin post oak forest, prairie, savanna and wetland habitats.

Michael Parkey was selected as prime consultant for the Landscape Master Plan and the Phase 1 Construction for both facilities. The Landscape Master Plan, completed in 1994, developed a general design for all the built landscape features. The Master Plan supported the educational mission of the Center, and assisted in developing criteria for the new architecture and exhibits. Adjacent to the new buildings of the Center, the landscape will provide living examples of the principles described in the exhibits. The landscape will expand the range of learning experiences.

In the Post Oak Preserve, the goal of the Master Plan was to protect the valuable existing natural features while improving access and interpretative opportunities for the Center's educators and students.

The new buildings and interior exhibits of the Center are complete, and construction is currently in progress for Phase 1 of the Landscape Master Plan. Phase 1 includes an enhanced trail system in the Preserve, and outdoor exhibits of the three interpretive themes of the Center: the native prairies, ponds and forest of North Central Texas. Total budget for the project was approximately $6 million, with $1.4 million allocated for landscape and other outdoor features.

Pioneer Plaza

Dallas, Texas

The sculpture component of this urban project adjacent to the Dallas Convention Center has excited public controversy, but the overall impact of the landscape design on downtown Dallas will be much greater. Michael Parkey acted as a consultant to Slaney Santana Group, providing input on planting design, plant selection and horticulture. The goal of the design is to simulate the natural landscape of north central Texas, using native species almost exclusively. Open areas of the project are planted with native grasses and wildflowers, permitting use for special events. Other areas resemble a stream-side forest, with a wide variety of native trees, shrubs and perennials. The completed project is one of the most extensive displays of native plants in an urban setting to be seen in the Southwest.

Botanical Master Plan for Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Myriad Gardens is a botanical garden and special events area located in the central business district of Oklahoma City. Its outstanding feature is the Crystal Bridge, an award winning state-of-the-art conservatory that houses a collection of tropical plants. While the conservatory is an excellent facility, the exterior gardens were never developed in a satisfactory manner. Michael Parkey, while employed by Natural Design Concepts, conducted an intensive two day workshop with the staff of the Myriad Gardens and representatives of the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a conceptual design for the exterior gardens, focusing on urban context, visual quality, technical problems, plant collections and public display.

Kell House Master Plan

Wichita Falls, Texas for the Wichita County Heritage Society

This turn-of-the-century Classic Revival house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated as a museum by a non-profit historic society. Michael Parkey, working for Natural Design Concepts, assisted in preparation of a master landscape plan that responds to the changed context of the Kell House as it has evolved from a genteel private residence to an urban museum and public garden. The plan adapts existing historical features for new uses and modifies them to withstand the increased visitation associated with a public garden.

The master plan emphasizes historically correct plantings, outdoor use areas, and a sequence of garden rooms for horticultural display and civic and private functions. Original garden designs were re-created from antique photographs of the site and extant gardens of similar age located in the same city. Plant selection was guided by horticultural notebooks, catalogs, and reference books that belonged to the original owner, and by metal plant labels prepared by the owner that were discovered during renovation.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Master Plan

Dallas, Texas

In 1987, a new Master Plan was developed for the 66 acre Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, overlooking White Rock Lake in Dallas. Michael Parkey was primary staff coordinator for the multi-disciplinary team of landscape architects, planners, architects, traffic engineer, and horticulturist. The input and programming process included public meetings with neighborhood groups, special interest groups, White Rock Park users, Dallas Arboretum Board members, and the general public.

The Master Plan was approved by the Dallas Park Board and was the basis of a Planned Development District Ordinance adopted by the City of Dallas. As Director of Landscape Architecture at the Arboretum, Michael Parkey worked with zoning consultants to represent the Arboretum's interests.

Capital improvements, as estimated from the Master Plan, will exceed $65 million excluding land and existing permanent structures. This Master Plan will be implemented over the next 20 years. Master Utility Plan, Main Public Entry and Paseo de Flores of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.

Michael Parkey was the staff member of the Arboretum responsible for implementing the 1987 Master Plan. These three completed projects are major components addressing infrastructure, vehicular and pedestrian circulation, respectively.

The Master Utility Plan is a phased building program to supply the features of the Master Plan with integrated power, communications, security and irrigation systems. The Main Public Entry is the permanent entry for visitor vehicular traffic; the entry serves not only functional requirements, but announces the mission of the Arboretum with an arrival garden. The Paseo de Flores is the major organizing element for the Master Plan, and acts as the primary pedestrian route for the site.Mimi's Garden, Jonsson Color

Rainbow Color Garden and Palmer Fern Dell

of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Michael Parkey oversaw final design, city approval and construction for these first three new exhibition gardens. These gardens represent the Arboretum's first documented plant collections. Mimi's Garden is an English style perennial garden displaying native and adapted plants of the dry climate and alkaline soils of North Texas. The Jonsson Garden and Palmer Fern Dell were the first bond-funded projects at the Arboretum, and required extensive horticultural manipulation to accommodate the large collection of the genus Rhododendron planned for these gardens. In addition to these plants, many species native to east Texas that can not normally be grown in Dallas are displayed.

Fair Park Master Plan

Dallas, Texas, for the Dallas Park Board and the Fair Park Development Board

Michael Parkey acted as Slaney Santana Group's project manager for the landscape architectural portion of this conceptual master plan for the redevelopment of Fair Park. The project was notable for the divergent interests of the many constituencies, and the extensive community involvement in the design process. The team was lead by the firms of Erenkrantz, Eckstut and Whitelaw, and Charles Moore, Architect.

Peak Bryan Community Market

Dallas, Texas, for the City of Dallas Department of Planning and Development

Slaney Santana Group was team leader in this urban design and planning project. As project manager, Michael Parkey coordinated the many aspects of the project, including a design for a community market and garden facility in an east Dallas neighborhood, streetscape improvements, design standards for future phases, proposed zoning and housing guidelines, a funding and advocacy strategy for the project, property acquisition, schedule, and public information brochure. The project was given an Urban Design Award by the Urban Design Advisory Committee of the City of Dallas.

 

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