Members of the Natural Resources Management Club and Wildlife Society at NDSU spent an evening placing rocks in the water near the confluence of the two inlets under the advice of Natural Resources Management Professor, Jack Norland, PhD. The World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park is the stormwater pond restoration pilot for The Fargo Project.
Grad student Aaron Green described the effects of the rock and willow riffles he and the MN DNR stream ecology section developed last year. Today, you can see that the energy created by the rock and willow riffles has induced enough erosion to begin meanders in the stream.
By strategically placing rocks essentially narrowing the stream, the students increased the low-flow drop and created a split flow. Now, during future high flows after a rain event, the split flow should create enough energy in the stream for a sediment-free pool beyond. An added benefit is a beautiful feature of rocks and running water mimicking natural prairie streams and rivers of our region.
The Natural Resources Management Club and Wildlife Society at NDSU spend club time dedicated to outdoor education and resource management, learning about our environment and becoming more involved with wildlife or wildlife related organizations in the area.
Fargo’s public art can be a catalyst for expansive thinking, cultural evolution, social openness and cohesion as demonstrated by the process and approach of The Fargo Project.
“…Public Art is a growing contributor to the quality of life in Fargo.”
The City of Fargo recently published the Fargo Public Art Master Plan, facilitated by Forcaste Public Art.
In the effort to progress Fargo’s cultural evolution and development as a creative hub, the Arts and Culture Commission partnered with Forecast Public Art to create a Public Art Master Plan. The plan establishes priority goals and objectives and clarifies the Arts and Culture Commission’s role with both city-generated art and community‐generated art.
Review the plan and share your feedback and thoughts at the following meetings:
- Monday, October 16, 5:30 pm Dr. James Carlson Library, 2801 32nd Av S
- Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 pm City Hall Commission Room, 200 3rd St N
- Thursday, October 19, 8:30 am City Hall Commission Room, 200 3rd St N
- Saturday, October 21, 1:00 pm Renaissance Hall, 650 NP Av (part of FMVA’s Annual Meeting)
Read the Fargo Public Art Master Plan (PDF)
Much of the work planned for World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park is emerging during construction this fall. Today the most notable are the raised paths.
Mowed and raised paths connect the features and encourage people to explore the urban prairie installation within the stormwater basin. They are built on a rock bed that allows water to drain after a rain event and provide a hard surface to walk on even if the grounds are damp and muddy.
Enjoy the remaining fleeting fall days and take a walk on the new paths.