Christian Preus Landscape Architecture in Ocean Springs has received the Honor Award from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for the Lighthouse Park project in Pascagoula.
This is the highest honor that a project can receive at the state level and was presented at the 50th celebration of the Landscape Architecture Department at Mississippi State University.
Lighthouse Park has an 8-foot-wide trail to the Historic Pathway along Fredric Street, The Gateway Oak and the Round Island Lighthouse.
The park is adjacent to the city's boat launch, which provides parking for this trail access. The park has an overlook for birdwatchers, a performance space for bands and is the only trail that provides access to the water's edge and focuses on the habitat of the Pascagoula River Basin.
The design for the park was heavily influenced by the Pascagoula River.
An outdoor classroom was created in the park, and to emphasize stormwater's effects on rivers and waterways the design team used concrete drainage pipes for seating. Vegetation native to the Pascagoula River Watershed was used in the landscape, and playground elements such as a large dragonfly, frog, cattail and log were added for children to play on and to identify as features they would see along the River.
With limited funding for construction, the city provided labor for a significant amount of the project. The Urban Youth Corps Team planted more than 15,000 plants.
Christian Preus Landscape Architecture has offices in Ocean Springs, Jackson and Fairhope, Ala. The company also did the site design for the MGM Park in Biloxi, the Mississippi Grammy Museum in Cleveland and Florence Gardens traditional neighborhood development in Gulfport, and is working on site designs for the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport.