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MARION COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS SITE ASSESSMENT. SITE ASSESSMENT AREAS. MAIN ENTRANCE I-74 BURM COMPOST RAIN BARREL POSITIONS. Main entrance. POSITIVES. The sign is fantastic. U.S. NATIONAL PARK SIGNS. NEGATIVES. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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MARION COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS SITE ASSESSMENT1SITE ASSESSMENT AREASMAIN ENTRANCEI-74 BURMCOMPOSTRAIN BARREL POSITIONS

2Main entrance3POSITIVESThe sign is fantastic

4U.S. NATIONAL PARK SIGNS

5NEGATIVESGarden bed underneath the sign takes away from the sign. The sign would look better on grass.It is not obvious that this is the main entrance. When I first arrived, I almost drove past this entrance, thinking it was a side entrance. Note: Only the drive navigating up the west side of the property was open at the time and that makes it less obvious.The fence is highly visible and not inviting. Especially with the barbwire top.The entrance does not provide a sense of place (i.e. It does not brand the fairgrounds).

6IDEASExtend mulch bed to SE corner where the fence and TroyAve meet.Install 2 layers of plants/shrubs that are complimentary size to the sign and block the fence from view. Do not plant in straight lines, use natural arrangements. Smaller, front layer of plants and a back layer of larger shrubs.Use smaller plants that re-enforce the red and blue colors visible on the sign and add color interest in the process.Use plants that display visual interest for fairgrounds main use seasons.Install a few trees whose dark brown trunks will visually compliment the signs vertical brown elements.

7IDEASFrame the entrance with a plant and tree arrangement on the left side of the entrance.

8Need professional landscape architect to assist on design details.Funding Options?Design Labor- Trade design work with a local landscape architects for fair sponsorship or recognition.Installation labor (est. 20 people, 2-3 hours) Volunteers; KIB, Master Gardener, Raytheon.Maintenance labor Grounds keeper9i-74 burm10

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12Guest/Public OutreachAdditional small prairie patch near rain garden with informational sign displaying I-74 burm planting, habitat benefits of prairie restoration and how people can do it themselves at home.

13Year 1IOWA .pdf on incorporating prairies into multifunctional properties has good information on yearly tasks for establishing a prairie.14Year 215Year 316QuestionsHow do you keep prairie from expanding from initial boundary?Controlled burns every 3-5 years or will mowing + manual weed pulling suffice?Does MC FG have equipment to cut burm prairie?Need pictures from Matt of MC FG Sign

17IdeasMove Marion County Fairgrounds sign from back of white barn to the burm.Cover entire burm, front and back, with native prairie land.18