Category Archives: Park Design

Adding Park Amenities

New trails and fields mean a win-win for soccer and skiing at Kincaid Park. Photo Courtesy Of USKH

In Anchorage, Alaska, there’s no shortage of opportunities to be outside. Paved bike/multiuse trails cover 135 miles, and the 495,000-acre Chugach State Park serves as a reminder that the wilderness is (in some cases, literally) right out the back door. The municipality of Anchorage counts 190 parks covering 10,000 acres, which range from play structures and picnic shelters to dog parks and virtual wilderness. And yet, despite the amount of readily available parkland, a void existed. The growing soccer leagues … Continue reading

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NYC Park Was Kahn’s Final Design

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park juts into New York City's East River.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island in the East River in New York City is New York’s newest state park. Four Freedoms Park is a tribute to the life and work of President Roosevelt, a former governor of New York who led the nation through a tumultuous period in American and world history. The park will open to the public on October 24. “With the opening of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park this fall, New … Continue reading

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A Day In The Park

In these tough economic times, low-maintenance projects top the trends in park design. Photo Courtesy of Paul Hyso, CABQ Parks and Recreation

Park design, like any other task, involves some give-and-take. Landscape architects, members of parks and recreation departments, and vendors face emerging environmental standards, shrinking budgets and municipal belt-tightening, evolving needs of stakeholders and users, and dwindling plots of green space in dense urban areas. Joan Floura of Baltimore-based Floura Teeter Landscape Architects (FTLA) spoke recently on best practices in park design. Three components take center stage, she says. “The trend is toward low-maintenance design,” Floura explains. “Many clients just don’t … Continue reading

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An Integrated Site Plan

Central Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, is destined to become a landmark attraction in the community and the North Texas Metroplex. The vision for this 172-acre Blackland Prairie site features a 36-acre lake system as a scenic amenity that addresses regional flooding issues, while collecting and cleansing the storm-water runoff from surrounding suburban neighborhoods. The master plan includes a new public-safety facility and adult-activity center (The Summit) that will anchor the park as a part of the cultural fabric for … Continue reading

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National Mall Design Competition

The Trust for the National Mall has announced a three-stage competition for designs to rebuild and refurbish the National Mall. The 700-acre park — the most visited national park in the United States — is suffering from overuse. New designs are being sought for three sections of the mall: Union Square, the Washington Monument Grounds at Sylvan Theater, and Constitution Gardens. A jury will select lead designers and design teams for each of the three projects. Registration for the competition … Continue reading

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