World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee

Project Name: World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn

Product: Grasspave2 

Application: Performance Lawn/Parking for buses, trucks and state set up

City: Knoxville

State/Province: Tennessee

Install Date: July 2003

Install Size: 2,750 m2 (29,240 sq ft)

Address: World’s Fair Park, 801 Clinch Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37902

Client: Knoxville Public Building Authority

Designer: Ross/Fowler, Architects

Contractor: ValleyCrest Landscape Development

Directions: From I-40 east bound take exit 387, turn right (south) onto US-11 (US-441), turn right (west) onto Clinch Avenue, downtown Knoxville, located just behind the new Knoxville Convention Center and the Sunsphere. From I-75 south bound, continue east on I-275 to I-40 exit, turn right (south) onto US-11 (US-441), turn right (west) onto Clinch Avenue.

Location: The Grasspave2 is located on the south end of the World’s Fair Park performance lawn and along the sidewalk running adjacent to the performance lawn.

Photography: Michael Barto, Vice President, East Tennessee Geosynthetics, August 2003, July 2004

Summary: Originally planned as a concrete slab for concert buses and semi trucks, the Knoxville Public Building Authority decided to use a porous paving surface for the performance lawn at the newly redesigned World’s Fair Park in Knoxville, Tennessee. The Grasspave2 would be installed at the south end of the performance lawn and along the sidewalk running adjacent to the performance lawn. An irrigation system was installed prior to the Grasspave2 installation. Crushed pea gravel and sand were used as the base course at a depth of 12”. Sod was then installed over the Grasspave2 and seeding was done over the remainder of the performance lawn. All Goals of the project were met: 1. Provide a surface for the use of concert buses and heavy trucks 2. Provide a surface that would complement the surrounding landscape of the new Knoxville Convention Center 3. Provide a surface that would be quick and easy to install 4. Provide a surface that would not require additional space for a detention basin.

A Turf-Reinforcement System was installed in the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee, using Grasspave2.
Photo showing the largest part of the installation – Grasspave2 before sand fill.
Grass Pavers were installed in the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee, using Grasspave2.
Similar angle to photo 1 – this photo shows the final stage, sod installation, of a Grasspave2 system.
Turf Reinforcement was installed in the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee, using Grasspave2.
Grasspave2 adds to the aesthetics of the Landscape Plan.
Porous Pavement was installed in the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee, using Grasspave2.
The flexible Grasspave2 rolls fit nicely against the concrete walkway.
Permeable Pavers were installed in the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee, using Grasspave2.
World’s Fair Park Sunsphere and New Convention Center.
Grass Paving was installed in the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee, using Grasspave2.
Setting up a Independence Day Festival on the Grasspave2 Performance Lawn (2004)
Grass-Porous Pavement was installed in the World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn, Knoxville, Tennessee, using Grasspave2.
Festival goers enjoy the Independence Day Celebration at the World’s Fair Center (2004)