Progress continues on Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens toward the October 18th opening! As you may have noticed, the 30-foot Garden Mount, with a spiraling ADA-accessible concrete pathway to the top, is almost completed at the west end of the Garden site. Once the waterfall down the front of the Mount has been installed and the landscaping planted, the Garden Mount will truly stand out as a high point above the Gardens.
Another major occurrence that has taken place on the Garden site is the moving of a 43-inch diameter live oak to make room for the soon-to-be-relocated Chinese pavilion. The new home for this spectacular live oak is 100 feet to the east, along the west fence of the golf course just off of Hermann Park Drive across from Miller Outdoor Theatre. Environmental Design (ED) prepped the tree’s 36-foot diameter root ball before the move with intense hydration, boring under the roots to place the oilfield pipe that would stabilize the root ball and serve as a base for the balloons that would inflate under the tree and help move it. Environmental Design also built a ramp from the existing location to the new site to keep the tree upright while it is moved. Drainage is in place to achieve a fine balance in preventing the tree’s root ball from drowning as the tree is watered, and to prevent too much water from accumulating under the ball.
The most obvious progress visible to all is the building of the new parking lot which will be accessed from Hermann Drive on the northeast side of the Gardens site. The concrete surface has been laid, and the trees and shrubs are being planted on the medians throughout the lot to provide shade for patrons and cooling of the parking surface. Pathways are in place to take people from their vehicles to the live oak canopy that is the Marvin Taylor Trail, and new pedestrian paths will lead people from the parking lot to Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Stay tuned, as construction is moving quickly toward the grand opening in October.