This park celebrates an exceptional awareness between Mother Earth and her children- we the people, we the gardeners- by providing an outlet for adults with intellectual disabilities through gardening run by the NGO Nour Al Barakeh.
The building provides the community as well as the members to enjoy shelter from the occasional harsh weather. It consists of a large activity space where art classes, dance parties, and music sessions take place. There is an open kitchen where harvested fruits and vegetables from the garden are washed and served. And there are 2 washrooms, with one being ADA compliant.
The building is situated on existing tiled flooring with an environmental conscious approach: existing trees were unaffected, steel and naturally colored sand were donated from nearby construction sites, upcycled glass wine bottles were installed for light, used molasses barrels for rainwater catching, ground level was raised by layers of old tires, used plastic bottles for garden shed. Construction costs were kept to a minimum while community collaboration was utilized to a maximum.
Watch below a short documentary on the NGO, the park, and the new building
Featured in Home Magazine- Jordan April 2013 edition