Birmingham, Alabama

Additional parking was needed at the zoo with the new Elephant Exhibit receiving much deserved attention. Zoo director Bill Foster wished to create a new overflow parking area, but not clear cut all the trees. The parking lot is one of the first experiences when arriving at the zoo. The idea was to create a positive environment with the surrounding forest and now a wide expanse of asphalt. Parking was laid out to save 60% of the trees, leaving large ones in place to offer shade and habitat to surrounding wildlife. Crushed stone was used for paving, topped with a thin coat of recycled milled asphalt. 


Project Landscape Architect - Jane Reed Ross, Goodwyn Mills and Cawood

Owner - The Birmingham Zoo