Category Archives: Park Design

The Project Of The Century

Redeveloping a World War II-era military base in the center of a major urban area into a 21st-century metropolitan park is no easy task. But after five years of planning and initial development, the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., has taken a significant step forward with the opening of its western sector that includes a large commercial agriculture operation. The 200-acre phase also encompasses several new features, such as soccer fields, a museum, and an arts complex that … Continue reading

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Riverfront Roots

Imagine standing under a pavilion looking out on the Mississippi River. As the city noise fades into the background, the sound of lapping waves tickle your ears and the wind dances across your face. Walking onto the “lookout,” you notice a compass embedded in the sidewalk pointing north, directly toward Iowa. Here, in Rock Island, Ill., the river takes a jog to the west on its way down to New Orleans. This is only one of many unique features in … Continue reading

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Texas Park Earns Award

Central Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, is the winner of the 2011 Planning Excellence Award from the Texas Recreation and Park Society. Each year, TRAPS recognizes one park or recreation planning project (master/strategic plan) that displays a high degree of professional analysis, quality planning principles and organizational- or community-wide value. Central Park, designed by landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm MESA, opened in June 2010. The 172-acre park features a 36-acre lake system with five lakes (two stocked with … Continue reading

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NYC Parks Video

This is a long video, but worth the time! Watch the full episode. See more THIRTEEN Series. “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks,” from PBS’ THIRTEEN Series, is the story of the creation of America’s first great city parks in the late 19th century, through the eyes of Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted (1822-1903) was a visionary urban planner and landscape architect.

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Synthetic Turf Field Contest

Behind every synthetic turf field, park or installation, there could be a sports team winning against the odds, kids improving their fitness and self-esteem, or a community hosting a local Special Olympics event. The Synthetic Turf Council recognizes these powerful stories and more with its annual Search for the Real Field of Dreams Contest. The 2011 Search is now accepting nominations from the United States and Canada. “More than 6,000 synthetic turf fields are open across North America, along with … Continue reading

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