Sensory Garden at Woodland Park Zoo

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FBP led the design team and collaborated with Land Morphology on a new park for the Seattle Parks Department adjacent to the Rose Garden at Woodland Park Zoo.

The Sensory Garden is primarily a full sensory experience with some restorative and therapeutic elements. It is intentionally designed to be an accessible, inclusive, safe, social place, The garden is now a welcoming community place, inviting and supporting people of all ages and abilities.

The garden was designed to support evidence-based research on the benefits of gardens, nature, socializing and restorative environments. The spatial layout, amenities and design details incorporated principles of Universal Design, Community Crime Prevention Guidelines (CCP) and current accessibility standards (ADA). Members of and representatives of special communities were consulted throughout the design, construction and maintenance phases. The working group included representatives from communities of people who are deaf and blind and people with autism.