The concept of loose fit is introduced in this paper as a design strategy for layering the apparently opposing goals of a particular site. Inspired examples of a loose fit between the restoration of landscape ecology and the construction of public parks and heritage tourism can be found in flood parks in the US and the transformation of toxic industrial sites into public gardens in Germany. The concept and strategy of loose fit frames my work with a small town that moved out of the floodplain and the conservation of its abandoned site as a haunt for social memory.