Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2015

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98 Landscape Architect and Specifier News In the realm of new urban parks, Cuatro Vientos Park is a relatively small but meaningful project for Denver. The project is representative of how relatively modest investments in communities can create an overwhelming wave of good will and community-building momentum. The project bolsters the perception of the landscape architecture profession as one that fundamentally benefits the health and welfare of a community. The site of this new park once included a dilapidated mobile home park, and an unsavory bar that most neighbors avoided. Further, the Westwood neighborhood is one of the most park-deprived areas in Denver. Conceived by landscape architecture firm Stream Design (Stream) as Westwood's "front porch," the design for Cuatro Vientos Park capitalizes on the site's spectacular views of the Denver skyline to the east and Longs Peak to the west, while providing a vibrant and active community open space with a unique playground, interactive water feature, turf activity areas, picnic areas and nearly 50 new trees. Stream worked closely with local residents, the community advocacy group LiveWell Westwood, neighborhood organizations and Denver Parks and Recreation staff to create a powerful coalition dedicated to making the park an asset for all of the members of the diverse Westwood neighborhood. As Cuatro Vientos is the first new park developed in the Westwood area in more than 30 years, the park fulfills the vision of a place where families can gather, recreate and enjoy the views; more importantly, the park is a source of pride for the community by celebrating people of all ages and cultures. With very few parks in the neighborhood, well under the Denver's standard of 10 park acres per Above The adopted master plan for Cuatro Vientos Park in Denver illustrates a design culminating from input from neighbors, city staff and political leaders. The plan and all graphics produced for the project are described in English and Spanish to communicate the intent to community members and stakeholders. Imag E: STrEam DESIgn Park, Denver Cuatro Vientos t o s (Four Winds) Landscape architecture by Stream Design, LLC, Denver

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