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Work on the newly opened section of The Green included removing two acres of asphalt parking lot and replacing it with native vegetation, walking paths, sleek lighting, unique interpretation and benches. In total, thousands of native plants will play a key role in achieving The Green’s design goals and desired benefits. A tree-lined allée paralleling Broad Street enhances the pedestrian experience along this busy thoroughfare while buffering traffic activity, sequestering carbon and managing stormwater.
The Green aligns with the city’s Richmond 300 development plan, which prioritizes green infrastructure for Greater Scott’s Addition. As one of the fastest-growing, high-density, mixed-use neighborhoods in the city, the district has one of the lowest levels of urban tree cover in Richmond. Transitioning parts of the Science Museum’s campus from gray to green helps mitigate the urban heat island effect in the Scott’s Addition area.
Opening the section of The Green in front of the parking deck gets the Science Museum another step closer to accomplishing the goal of having more than half of the 37-acre campus as greenspace. When the full project is realized in several years, the Science Museum will have more than 20 acres of greenspace surrounding the historic building along Broad Street.
Photo credits: plant dedication image ©eqroy | Adobe Stock; tree dedication image: Getty Images.