Elgin Pocket Park
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Nestled in between both heritage buildings – the Grant House and First Baptist Church – the Elgin Pocket Park will serve as the primary public entrance into Performance Court, 150 Elgin.
The Elgin Pocket Park is adorned with lush landscaping, seating, a water fountain, a wooden trellis and architectural lighting meant to accentuate the rich textures of the surrounding heritage buildings.As is the case throughout the complex, native and drought resistant plant material to the Ottawa region is used to reduce landscape irrigation demands.
Hidden beneath the Elgin Pocket Park is the building’s cistern, which is used for the collection and storage of rainwater that falls on the building. This water is reused in select areas of the building to flush the toilets on the lower floors, and will allow the project to further reduce its need to draw upon fresh water. Reducing the consumption of potable water is an important component of Performance Court’s commitment to environmental sustainability.