Project Profile:

World’s Fair Park Performance Lawn

Project 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.

Address

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

Install Size

2,750 m2 (29,240 sq ft)

Designer

Ross/Fowler, Architects

Contractor

ValleyCrest Landscape Development

Project Gallery

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)