Adaptive Recycling: From Brick Wall To Public Park

<p>Community activists and designers have made a deal with local officials to reuse construction materials from a demolished fire station to build an amphitheater in a local park.</p>
April 6, 2007, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"The red brick from Station No. 2 will be turned over to park project leader Tim Skufca and other neighborhood volunteers. They'll clean it up and use it to pave a labyrinth in what will become a small, sunken amphitheater at the northeast corner of Mount and Plymouth Street."

"Skufca is a board member of MUD and a designer for Kibo Group Architecture. He's also the inspiration on the Rose Park Neighborhood Council behind Triangle Park, known in the city's vernacular as the Slant Street gateway."

"If Skufca's dream proceeds unscathed, interior brickwork and tiling from the fire station will be ground into compacted material to form the sunken stage of the amphitheater."

"Jason Diehl, assistant to the fire chief, said he's happy Triangle Park will get at least some remnants of the station."

"'You hate to send all that stuff to the landfill. I'm glad it's of some use,' Diehl said."

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Published on Thursday, April 5, 2007 in The Missoulian
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