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 99 1,000 residents, and no recent park development in the area, the Westwood community's hopes, needs and expectations were high. The park has been an incredibly important project for Denver. It represents a concerted effort to provide more equity in recreational resources throughout the mile-high city. The visionary thinking of city political leaders and Denver Parks and Recreation's efforts that preceded the design phase inspired the park. Collaborators included the Denver Office of Economic Development, the Better Denver Bond Program, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), and the Trust for Public Lands (TPL) to acquire and clean up the land, and the overwhelming participation and support of the community. Stream led a highly interactive and dynamic public involvement that ultimately earned the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association's 2013 Award for Outstanding Public Process. The inspiration generated by the community pushed the design team to create a place that reflects and celebrates the true spirit of Westwood. Ultimately, the park was made possible by an impressive collaborative effort between the designers, city staff, political leaders and nonprofit groups. The site, just one and half acres, is relatively small for a neighborhood park, and had two developmental challenges: steep slopes and proximity to a busy Alameda Avenue. Despite the challenging site conditions, the community wanted the park to have an extensive variety of amenities and park elements that including: soccer; basketball; walking paths and picnic areas; skateboarding elements; a special playground; and a water play feature, an element rarely found in Denver's neighborhood-scale parks. In response to the community's input and Park and Rec goals, Stream's design team worked to integrate a great variety of uses and multifunctional overall space smaller than a regulation soccer field, while also fulfilling an important desire of the community for the park to Top & Above, Right a medicine wheel of colored glass aggregate paving (design by Stream, installed by Colorado Hardscapes) represents the four winds. The ultra-low water-usage splashpad (water mechanics by Water Odyssey) has nine nozzles; one sprays from the turtle's shell (designed by Stream, fabricated by Integrated Design Solutions). The turtle has the continents embossed on its back, a reference to several n ative american legends of a turtle bearing the earth.

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