Urban Forest Plan

Tindall Field West Edge
90. Tindall Field West Edge

Tindall Field South Edge
91. Tindall Field South Edge

Tindall Field East Edge
92. Tindall Field East Edge

Parking Lot East Edge
93. Parking Lot East Edge

Parking Lot North Edge
94. Parking Lot North Edge

Tindall Field and Parking Lot: Existing Condition
95. Tindall Field and Parking Lot: Existing Condition

Tindall Field and Parking Lot: Improvement Concept
96. Tindall Field and Parking Lot: Improvement Concept


Tindall Field and parking lot together form the largest open space of the campus and should be upgraded to a level commensurate with other important places on campus. Future development options outlined in the 1994 Campus Plan should be protected.

Priority rating: 2

This is a functional but undistinguished landscape. The Field is surrounded by perimeter plantings that are reminiscent of hedgerows. They contain mixed species of little landscape value such as Hackberry, Cherry, Russian Olive, Walnut, Elm and Norway Maples. The parking lot has a few planters with poorly developed Lindens. There is a linear planting of Ash and Spruce trees along the south edge of the field. Random plantings of Austrian Pine, White Pine, Spruce, Ash, Norway Maple and Walnut adjacent to the Policy Studies Building and Mackintosh-Corry Hall are intended to screen views of the parking lot from the buildings but does not define the edge of the parking lot well. The planter at the northwest corner of the parking lot is planted with Cherry, Hackberry, Spruce, Mugo Pine and Spruce. The north edge of the parking lot is planted with Maples (Norway, Crimson and Sugar), Ash and groups of Spirea. Although these plantings are in fairly good condition, the mix contributes little to the streetscape.

As this is an area of potential development, new plantings should be sited with careful consideration for future uses. The perimeter planting of Tindall Field and the parking lot should be kept simple, to respond to the adjacent streets and lend a park-like appearance to this large green space. The assorted shrub plantings along the street edge should be removed. A streetscape planting of large canopy trees would define the edges and improve views into the green field and the campus beyond, particularly at the gateway at Albert Street. Informal groupings of evergreen trees should be used to anchor corners and screen views where necessary. The Ash and Spruce planting along the south edge could remain, but the Ash are in poor condition and should be replaced. The sod on the steep embankment between the field and the Victoria Hall north service area should be replaced with low shrubs and groundcovers to eliminate mowing.

Although not the optimum growing condition for trees, the parking lot planters do offer relief from the asphalt 'sea' of parking. Raised bottomless planters designed with good drainage and soil volume should be installed. A hardier tree species should be used and if possible, in larger quantities to have a greater impact on the microclimate.

A general pruning and fertilizing program is required and recommended. A clean-out of all deadwood and thinning of the mixed perimeter plantings would improve the general appearance. The parking lot planters should be checked to see if they are bottomless. If they are, new trees of better form and quality could be installed.

Species recommendation

North of field
   see Union Street

Field edges
   Acer rubrum., Red Maple
   Celtis occidentalis, Hackberry
   Gymnocladus dioicus, Kentucky Coffeetree
   Quercus sp., Oak species (Red, English)
   Picea sp., Spruce species (Norway, Colorado)

Parking lot
   Fraxinus americana, White Ash
   Gleditsia triacanthos sp., Honeylocust
   Robina pseudoacacia, Black Locust