Heart of Havasu

Figure 1: Entry Sign
The park entry sign reads, "This park is the result of a water conservation effort to remove turf and showcase an artistic version of xeriscape landscaping. Desert and drought tolerant plants planted on site result in approximately six acre-feet (two million gallons) less water per year irrigated. An acre-foot can supply two homes for a year. The park also demonstrates green infrastructure technology to capture and use storm water runoff to supplement plant watering. Artwork was created by art students at Mohave Community College and the granite benches are surplus parts from the London Bridge. The project was sponsored by the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, Havasu Leadership Development Class of 2011. Funds for the Park were collected through fund raising, sponsorships from our community, and a Water Conservation Field Services Program grant award from the Bureau of Reclamation to Lake Havasu City."
The goal of Heart of Havasu remains not only to conserve water, but to showcase the beauty of a native desert habitat through education. This is apparent when noticing the Havasu Leadership Development class has signed the park with geologic and historical descriptions of park features.
Dartmoor Granite
Figure 2: Dartmoor Granite
Dartmoor Granite was excavated in SW England in the early 1820's for the London Bridge. Some blocks were cut for bridge support and were connected using slate dowels inserted into carved indentations on the blocks. The legs of the benches in the park are from these blocks.
Banded Gneiss
Figure 3: Banded Gneiss
Rock Type: Banded Gneiss
Rock Family: Metamorphic
Origin: Formed by heat and pressure deep in the crust 1.6 billion years ago. This rock composes the core of the Mohave Mountains.
Dedication Sign
Figure 4: Dedication Sign
Dedication sign reads: Heart of Havasu Park dedicated in the memory of Jim Spezzano the first Mayor of Lake Havasu City.

We would like to acknowledge to following individuals and companies for their donations of time and materials in the building of Heart of Havasu Park: Mychal Gorden Design Inc., Diablo Landscaping, Allied Waste, Walmart, JPC Enterprise, Campbell Redi-Mix, Masonry & More, Sculpture II Class of MCC, Doyle Wilson of LHC, Mansell Welding, L&S Excavation, Dougger Inc., Kmart, Home Depot, Cornco and Arizona Decorative Rock.

The Havasu Leadership Development class of 2010-2011: Michele Anderson, Scott Becker, Pam Bernhart, Debbie Crossland, Bryan Goodwin, Kristina Horton, Amanda Jensen, Shauna Karns, Kara Martinez, Colleen Meshea, Bobbie-Ann Morrison, Pam Reinke, Brock Spillane, Lisa Rose Theophilus, and Catherine Wolff-White.
Along with geologic and historic land marks, Heart of Havasu incorporates Green Infrastructure to utilize storm water runoff. One of the hearts has the classic basins and mounds that signify a green infrastructure landscape. As you can see in the pictures, the heart shape is created from a depression in the ground. Rainfall will collect in this depression created basin. The mound that is outlining the heart basin will prevent the collected rainwater from running off into road or onto another landscape. This will not only prevent run off, but it will elongate the roots of the plants, allowing them to hold more water. This will allow them to become extra adaptable to long dry periods in times of drought.
So far you have seen the Heart of Havasu incorporate the environmental, geologic, and historical foundations of our community. The park needed one more element. That is why students from Mohave Community College created art sculptures to match the spirit of Heart of Havasu.
Figures 12-15 show what the Heart of Havasu park looks like today on April 15, 2015.
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