Avalon Park & Reserve

master plan & site design | stony brook harbor, ny

Located within an 82-acre nature preserve on eastern Long Island, this park was designed as a seven-acre memorial garden dedicated to the memory of local resident Paul Simons. The preserve is designed as a journey through a sequence of “natural gardens” that reflect the changing character of the landscape – from a fern glade to a hilltop meadow, encouraging many different kinds of uses, from contemplation in the memorial garden to biking on the trails. A gentle water cascade unites the varying shapes and rhythms of the gardens. Restoration included forest, wetland and meadow restoration, and the rebuilding of an extensive forest groundlayer. More than 6,900 native trees and shrubs were planted, as well as 54,500 native ferns, grasses, and wildflowers.

 

collaborator:

Paul Simons Foundation