Mississippi Governor Declares Landscape Architecture
Jackson, MS, April 13, 2005—The American Society of
Landscape Architects (ASLA) has declared April 2005 as National Landscape
Architecture Month. In honor of this, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour has
proclaimed the week beginning April 24th as Mississippi Landscape Architecture
Week. In celebration, the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of
Landscape Architects (MSASLA) has scheduled several events across the state to
raise public awareness of the value of landscape architecture to Mississippi
- Clinton: April 21, 8 A.M. to 12
P.M., Clinton Park Elementary School, 911 Old
Vicksburg Road, Clinton, MS. Local landscape architects will work with students
to design their own playground at Clinton Park Elementary School. Working with
the professionals, students will draw and design their own ideal versions of a
playground for the new school.
- Starkville: Mississippi State University Student ASLA
Chapter Walkability/Bikeability Surveys. The ASLA Student Chapter at
Mississippi State University will be conducting surveys in the next few weeks
with students at Starkville area schools to assess how safe the walking and
biking routes are between their school and home. The results of this survey will
be used to form a “report card” on the safety of pedestrian and biking routes in
Starkville. Starkville in Motion, a local walking/biking advocacy group, will
utilize the student surveys to plan and implement walking and biking trails near
- April 30, 12 Noon-4:00 pm, Landscape Architecture
Merit Badge Workshop, Pine Burr Area Council Office, 6316 U.S. Highway 49,
Hattiesburg, MS. Local landscape architects will present an afternoon workshop
for Boy Scouts interested in earning their Landscape Architecture Merit Badges.
- April 24-30, Hattiesburg Landscape Architecture
Week. Mayor Johnny DuPree has declared the week of April 24 as
Landscape Architecture Week in Hattiesburg.
- Madison: Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler is the inaugural recipient of the
2005 Leadership Awards presented by the Mississippi Chapter of ASLA. MSASLA held
a ceremony to present the Leadership Award to the Mayor and will donate a
magnolia tree in commemoration to the Simmons Arboretum in Madison.
The Mississippi communities of Madison and Oxford have also made
proclamations declaring a Landscape Architecture Week or Month during April.
The theme for National Landscape Architecture Month is Design for Active
Living, highlighting ways community design affects residents’ daily activity
levels and, in turn, their overall health. Studies show that access to resources
such as parks, recreational facilities, bicycle paths, walking trails, and
sidewalks can increase physical activity among residents, lowering obesity and
“As landscape architects, working with public officials, developers, and
residents, we can design active living components back into our communities,”
said Michael Gammill, ASLA, president of the Mississippi chapter of the ASLA.
"Years ago, we all used to walk to school, to the store, to the park, or to a
friend’s house, but now we often are unable to walk or bike anywhere safely,
because our communities are designed mainly for car travel. The change from a
pedestrian to a commuter lifestyle has fueled an epidemic of obesity in the
U.S., particularly among children. We want to encourage everyone in Mississippi
to look at their communities during April and become advocates for an
environment that is more exercise-friendly."
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape
architects representing more than 15,000 members. Landscape architecture is a
comprehensive discipline of land analysis, planning, design, management,
preservation, and rehabilitation. ASLA promotes the landscape architecture
profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication,
and fellowship. Learn more about landscape architecture online at www.asla.org or www.msasla.org.
For more information on supporting or participating in the Mississippi
Chapter activities, please email Michael Gammill, Mississippi ASLA Chapter
President, at email@example.com, or
call him at (601) 606-7719.