Shadley Associates has worked on Coytemore Lea Park for many years.  It initially began as a repair to an existing playground, with expanded equipment and new safety surfacing.  After a series of meetings with the City and neighborhood the project’s scope expanded, leading to the creation of a comprehensive Master Plan for the site.  The plan included the playground, ADA compliant walkways, a new U-8 soccer field and a Tai Chi garden per the request of local Asian community members. This garden is an expression of Feng Shui, the Taoist art and science of living in harmony with the environment.  The garden’s specific location within the park is regularly used for practicing Tai Chi, which is the Chinese martial art for the balance of yin and yang.  The site’s good “chi” is enhanced by the slopes rising to the north and west and by the openness to the southeast.  The design emphasizes Yin on the northwest side of the garden which is represented by earth, shade, and stillness, and Yang on the southeast side of the garden which is represented by activity, sky, and light.  Representation of the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water occupy their respective positions on the general Pa Tzu compass within the garden.  The park improvements were completed in three construction phases.

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