09-10-20 | Feature

Firms of Florida - Gary R. Crumley

Tampa, Florida

Richard & Annette Bloch Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida
Built to celebrate cancer survivors' journeys and provide hope, the gardens at Jacksonville's Florida State College was in need of a new irrigation system and Florida-friendly plants to replace water-dependent species. As an alum of the college, Crumley offered his services which included research and code compliance, site inventory and analysis, concept drawings and construction documentation with specifications. After a restoration plan was designed, the project was built in two phases.
Baxter E. Luther Boys and Girls Club, Jacksonville, Florida
A Florida-friendly plant design was chosen with a red, white and blue theme for the renovation of the club's landscape. A new well and irrigation system was also installed.
Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka, Florida
This park was originally built under Franklin D. Roosevelt's alphabet programs, which gave unemployed Americans jobs during the Depression, by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Jacksonville architect, Richard Forester. In 2014, Crumley entered ASLA/HALS Design Competition for the "New Deal Parks of Florida" and prepared an exhibit depicting the Ravines Gardens Master Plan. Along with exhibits for nine other parks and in collaboration with other members, the project won Honorable Mention and is in the permanent record at the Library of Congress. Photo Courtesy: Bill Lutrick
Sunshine Park, Jacksonville Beach, Florida
A new park was built for the surrounding community with input from the local elementary school and Crumley coordinating the project. The design was for a one-acre site surrounded by an assortment of trees and plant material. The city cleared the grounds and preserved as many trees as possible. Included in the play area was a 15-foot butterfly and climbing wall.
The St. Johns River Ferry Ambassadors Program, East Coast Greenway & Scenic Highway, Northeast Florida
To support the designation of this greenway into a scenic highway for pedestrians and bicyclists, volunteers assembled a mass number of letters from State Road A1A businesses and created a map showing where to follow the trail pathways to see the northeast part of the state. The map starts from the A1A intersection of Highway 301 in Nassau county, through Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island, then south into Duval county across the St Johns River Ferry and through the historic village of Mayport. It continues down the coastline of the cities Atlantic, Neptune and Jacksonville Beaches, ending at the St. Johns county line where the National Scenic Highway begins. These designations helped to assure that the ferry will continue to remain as a part of the highway. The Jacksonville Port Authority handed over the ferry to the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to remain a means of traversing the river in perpetuity and removing its control politically.

After attending the College of Architecture at the University of Florida, Gary R. Crumley passed his boards in 1991 and started Crumley & Associates.

He has been serving the profession statewide while leaving a thirty-year legacy of the creation of public spaces for play and work, the beautification of Florida's highways and by the building of sustainable Florida-friendly landscapes for a living.

Editor's Note: With the ASLA annual meeting and EXPO in Miami canceled this year due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 health pandemic, LASN still wanted to highlight the landscape architectural work of firms from the southeast region. LASN asked the firms to send us a short biographical profile, plus photography from selected projects, with a brief description of the design work for each project. We let the firms speak for themselves in their profiles and in describing the projects, although some editing was required because of space restraints and not all photography and projects could be included. Thank you, firms of Florida and Alabama for participating!

As seen in LASN magazine, September 2020.


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