EXISTING SITE AND CONDITIONS
The future of Three Ring Gardens is currently a combination of two vacant parcels of land. The Lower Parcel (Northern parcel) is just under an acre of land and is being used for snow storage. The Upper Parcel (Southern parcel) is just under 1.5 acres of land and has been vacant for many years. Despite it’s location between University Ave, Interstate 94 and a sea of large parking lots, this block is home to the largest alternative high school in the Twin Cities and over 800 hundred low-income, new immigrant residents. Currently, virtually no public greenspaces exist within over a half mile of this site.
- Aerial Map of the site. Gordon Parks High School and the future location of Three Ring Gardens sit South of University Ave.
- Lower Parcel looking south. Just under an acre, this lot is currently being used for snow storage and is often peppered with debris. (Photo: Skyline Tower, large white building, mid-right).
- Lower Parcel looking west with Gordon Parks High School directly North.
- Upper Parcel looking north towards Gordon Parks High School. Just under 1.5 acres, this lot was historically known as “Circus Hill.” Here the circus’ assemble would reside after performances as neighborhood kids would peak through the fence in hopes to get a glance at the performers. Years later, it was used by an auto dealership for surplus car storage.
- Upper Parcel looking northeast, surrounded by barbed-wire, chain-link fences. Sitting 17 feet higher than University Ave, this lot has a unique overlook of nearby tree tops and roof tops. (Photo: Gordon Parks High School Hoop House on far left).
- Northern edge of the Upper Parcel looking west (Photo: Skyline Tower on far left). A line of volunteer trees have taken root within a 16 foot grade change that exists between the two parcels
- Upper Parcel looking southeast. Central Medical in background.
- Looking south from Gordon Parks High School towards the Lower and Upper Parcels as well as Skyline Tower