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Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! In celebration, let’s plan a park.

Landscape architects design and create outdoor spaces like parks, gardens, and plazas. Have you ever wanted to plan a new park? Grab a piece of paper and use these symbols to make a map, or plan, of your design! You can also draw a view of your park from the side. This is called an elevation drawing. Don’t forget to add color if you want to show more detail. Share a photograph of your creation on Instagram! Tag @centerforarch and use #ParkDesign.

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Here are some important ideas to think about before you begin:

– How can your park help nature? Will you add new green spaces for plants and animals?

– Why will people want to visit your park? To experience the peace and quiet of nature or to be active outside? Maybe both?

– How will people move around? What are your pathways made of? Are they curved or straight?