Must Utility Fencing be Ugly?

Some I know, including designers, fight most everything that’s a sure bet and go out of their way to avoid risk. The result: perpetuating low bar mediocrity.

Fearing fresh outcomes is a sickness; places doing that are questionable.

Chaparral Park in Scottsdale AZ is located in a metro area where design matters and designers innovate. This high bar inspires more good design.


This fencing doesn’t look much more expensive, which appears to be custom fabricated chain link material into a more stylish wire fence. But I’ll need to check on costs from the designers.

The fabrication seems fairly straight forward.


The use of Red Yucca / Hesperaloe parviflora here is very effective though subtle, with the flowering stalks weaving into the fencing material.

This requires using more than 3 or 5 plants, but rather, true massing.

It also requires the flexible mindset that the most ordinary of materials can be used extraordinarily, or at least boldly. Or, just having studied fun.


Chaparral Park appears to have sections that open or close, allowing each to be dog park areas. My guess is when one area of turf needs to recover, the dog park moves to another section that’s recovered from previous use, then other areas are fenced off.


I wonder which other durable fencing materials allow views in and out, not to mention what arid-region plants could be used for softening effects instead of Red Yucca?