This past Wednesday evening, a group of community members, city officials, and volunteers gathered in what was a once-vacant lot that has now been transformed into an oasis for urban agriculture. The group was there to initiate the final phase of over 10-years of planning and hard work to transform the once weed and crime infested inner-city, interior block into a place where residents can come together to grow a healthier community.
Golden shovels glinted in the afternoon sun as the Mayor, the Spikers, and other community leaders turned over the soil, breaking ground for the new Oasis Pavilion!
Io Design is proud to have played a part in the evolution of the garden, donating design work for many of the current improvements. In 2011, we worked together with the Junior League of Ogden and Steve Simmons Architects to design the Pavilion. The structure integrates sustainable technologies into a design that revolves around life-cycle of food; and will serve as an icon for the garden, a gathering place for the community, and will facilitate both active and passive learning about urban agriculture and garden-to-plate nutrition.
The design was selected as part of an exhibition on water and sustainability in the west, featured in the Drylands Design Exhibition, that opened at the Museum of Modern Art in Los Angeles in June. The Oasis Pavilion has also been featured in ‘Edible Wasatch’ magazine (pg 6).
Construction and construction management is being led by Arete: Design Build Live – a local Ogden company. Phase one of the pavilion, which will include the main canopy structure, is expected to be completed by September of this year – In time for the League’s annual “Get Fresh” raw-food cooking competition.