Brookville Gardens Community Park, a former farm with a natural creek, was designed to honor the history of Fife and restore natural areas as well as create a place where families can enjoy time together in a friendly and welcoming environment. The park itself is designed to take advantage of the vistas of Mt. Rainier and takes cues from the history of the land for it’s buildings and landscape architecture.
Restoration– Healthy Communities
Within Brookville Gardens, Wapato Creek will be restored to its natural state. Through careful management of sinuosity, the bend or curves in a stream, as well as flow rate, the speed at which water flows, constant movement of water will be maintained in the creek throughout the year. The creek was cleared of debris, dredged to an appropriate depth for salmon and other wildlife, and re-planted with native vegetation. A careful distance was maintained on both sides of the creek to separate the creek from any development. This ensures that the creek will continue to evolve in to a secure habitat for wildlife, and green area for park visitors.
Brookville Gardens is considered a “green” park, not simply for the natural beauty, but also for the environmentally friendly design and construction used to bring the park into being. Park buildings utilize green roofs, pervious asphalt paving in parking lots, and “grass-crete” in maintenance areas. Grass-crete is composed of cement blocks that permit grass and other plants to grow through holes, while also allowing water to percolate through back in to the ground below. Green roofs help to restore habitat within the park controlling peak run-off – the amount of water being shed from a building during rain.
Playing in History & Natural Habitats
At the farm play area, mock silo’s provide climbing areas and wagons are play-things that remind visitors of Fife’s agriculture past.
Planted areas around the edge of the park merge Fife’s history of farming with native plants: normally wild plants are grown in rows as though for harvesting. Each season brings new plants into bloom and color so that Brookville Gardens is beautiful year-round. Native plants such as dogwood and honeysuckle bring sensory treats of sights and smells, playing against the sound of Wapato Creek and wildlife in the park.
The architecture of park buildings brings hints of the past into the present. Lap siding reminds us of farm buildings and the stark, overhanging eaves brings in the simplicity of a Japanese temple. The dense plantings contrast with the clean lines of park buildings and add a visual resting point for visitors to the park.
Fife Community Center
2111 54th Avenue East
Fife, WA 98424