Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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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March 2015 59 early on for how to best proceed and to consider design solutions for the park. As a gift to Spokane, Avista Utilities also funded the development of an urban plaza on city land. This came about because the only thing separating Huntington Park from the west end of Spokane's 100-acre Riverfront Park was a city hall parking lot. The city council voted to give up the parking in favor of this new connection between the parks and the upper and lower falls of the river. The powerful public/private partnership between the city and the utility company made possible this new economic asset, building tourism and allowing residents and visitors to experience the tremendous power of the great Spokane River. Spokane Tribal Gathering Place To honor the original residents of the area and reflect the original function of the falls, the new plaza is named "Spokane Tribal Gathering Place." The public has embraced and celebrated this plaza, particularly because it has vast views of the river and falls. An ADA accessible vista point overlooks historic Monroe Street Bridge and the French Renaissance architecture of the Spokane County Courthouse north of the river. Challenges Land Expressions was retained as prime consultant to design and build the entire project, and given a time-line of only 18 months for the landscape architecture, permitting and construction. The city partnered with Avista by offering a deferred submittal permit to expedite plan review and meet Avista's deadline for the grand opening. Due to the short timeline, a large portion of the installation took place during Spokane's winter Above Land Expressions removed and disposed of over 2,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil to design a terraced entry to the Spokane Tribal Gathering Place, transforming a parking area into a staired gateway to h untington Park. The railings are the design of Land Expressions and custom built by Rick Nelson, owner of ornamental Gate. The fall colors are bloodgood Japanese maples (red leaves top left), native serviceberries (orange- red shrubs), Katsura (yellow leafed trees at top), and Rocky Mountain maples (yellow leafed trees at bottom). PhoTo by JohN D. MooRE. BefoRe AfTeR

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