Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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82 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 84 Located 50 miles north of Manhattan, the city of Peekskill is the northernmost historic Hudson River town in Westchester County. Formerly one of New York's premier manufacturing bases, Peekskill has experienced an economic revitalization in recent years. It is home today to many small businesses and medical facilities, as well as a thriving downtown hub that has attracted galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, and artists' studios. The city of Peekskill officially opened the Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway with a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 15, 2016. A public project of this magnitude required the complete cooperation of many public and private agencies including: Empire State Development, New York Department of State, the Office of Parks and Recreation, the Office of Historic Preservation, the Department of Environmental Conservation, River Keeper, the Army Corps of Engineers, Metro North and several citizen advisory groups. Utilizing the 2009 Peekskill Southern Waterfront Park and Trail Master Plan as a foundation, the city commissioned a team of consultants to develop construction documents and specifications for the Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway. Design elements include walking trails, seating areas, a viewing area overlooking the Hudson River, an elevated boardwalk, and related parking improvements. Site features include paved paths, gateways, seating areas, interpretive signage, decorative LED lighting and public art installations. The low lying area known as "Riverfront Green South" required extensive improvements in order to be used as parkland on a regular basis. These improvements required that the shoreline receive bio- engineered stabilization and grading before park amenities were installed. The riprap was reshaped to raise the elevation just above the high tide line, with the ground elevation tapered upward to prevent flooding. Park improvements include a continuous waterfront walkway that meanders through open lawn and picnic areas with gazebos, a sculpture garden and native planting beds. The existing crescent beach near the boat launch was renourished and maintained to continue as a and Waterfront Landscape Architecture by Adam Alexander, LLA, RLA, ASLA (while with Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., Eatontown, N.J., now with Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc., Trenton, N.J.) Aerial image of the Southern Waterfront Park and Trail taken during the design phase. To accomplish the goal of increasing recreational opportunities, the design focused on improving and repairing its shoreline. Bio-engineered stabilization methods for the riverfront were implemented to protect the shoreline from future erosion and destructive wave action, while maintaining the natural look at the water's edge. Park & Trail Southern

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