Mustang Way, a park designed
by students in Tom Woodfin’s landscape
architecture studio, took shape last spring with considerable manpower,
plant donations and financial support provided by Keep Brazos Beautiful,
the Bryan Rotary Club, the Milam-Jones Neighborhood Association and
a host of volunteers.
The park was designed along a frequently traveled trail connecting
two Bryan ISD elementary schools – Anson Jones and Ben Milam — with
Henderson Park and Sharon’s Court, the city’s largest Habitat
for Humanity neighborhood.
Prior to the project, the parkland, owned by the school district,
was overgrown and strewn with trash. As a result of this collaborative
effort, the old dirt trail crossing the lot is now a lighted, paved pathway
meandering through what will become a beautifully landscaped garden including
more than 50 new trees.
The site is 250 feet long by 50 feet wide. The design incorporates
an eight-foot path curving through it with a tree planting design
that will shade the path in the afternoons. The park is graded
to ensure visibility from both ends for neighborhood surveillance.
At the Beck Street entry is a giant, life-sized chessboard and
there are two other chessboards in a small plaza in the middle
of the park. The game boards were incorporated into the design
because both Milam and Jones elementaries have champion chess
Comfortable benches and outdoor lighting similar to the historic
light fixtures in downtown Bryan, will be installed along the
pathway cutting through the park. The local neighborhood association
is planning to plant a butterfly garden at the park’s Pecan
Group shot of project participants
Mustang Way design sketch
Mustang way trail