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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86 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Continued on page 88 Waterfront Continued from page 84 The most notable mitigating measure is the cooling effect of the trees and shrubs that have been planted strategically along the walkway. A sparsely vegetated open grass field, wherever the recently applied riprap armor exists, borders the shoreline. The mix of trees and shrubs positioned along the riprap cools the surfaces and reduces the thermal discharge. Scenic areas and vistas have been preserved by strategic selection and placement of plant materials. The planting strategy is mindful of the need to preserve existing view sheds from parking areas, while enticing others to walk the gateway or promenade to reach a rewarding view, or position themselves where a view is framed by native trees and shrubs. Varied vegetative treatments have been implemented ranging from natural untouched landscapes, to formal ornamental planting schedules. Existing important upland resources have been preserved; as there are minimal changes that disturb any areas not already significantly altered by human activity. Outside of the visual appeal of this new park, the project includes extensive shoreline stabilization. Bio- engineered stabilization methods for the waterfront were implemented to protect the shoreline from future erosion and destructive wave action, while maintaining the natural look and feel of the water's edge. Part of this stabilization includes the addition of trees, shrubs and perennials including white oak, eastern red cedar, Summersweet, New England aster, red twig dogwood, inkberry, sedum, and fountain grass to naturalize the shoreline. Oakleaf Hydrngea (Hydrangea quercifolia) Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum) American Holly (Ilex opaca) Fountain Grass (Pennisetum alopecuroides) Harvest Moon Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea "Harvest Moon") Smooth Aster (Aster laevis) Above: Site-specific interpretive signage can be found along the trail, which provides descriptive excerpts of the surrounding views. The increase in the textural nature of the existing vegetation enhances the park experience for visitors by providing shade and visual interest, while improving the natural environment that borders the river.

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