Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JAN 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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32 Landscape Architect and Specifier News This urban park possesses a strong sense of place, while providing significant environmental benefit from its stormwater infrastructure. The design team included Shelley Rentsch of Annapolis Landscape Architects (lead designer) and Robyn Barnhart of Charles P. Johnson and Associates (civil engineers). In close collaboration with M-NCPPC park staff, the team envisioned a playful and passive recreational environment with a series of distinct, outdoor spaces each oriented toward the site's natural features, the pond and wetlands. Defining Elements Defining elements include a braided walkway, elliptical canted lawn, library plaza, promenade, necklace lawn and raised plaza. The braided walkway artfully provides universal access to sloped site, while delineating space, encouraging movement and facilitating varying views. The serpentine walkways and stairs encourage children to move about in a fun yet controlled environment. Boulders for play and seating are scattered throughout. Play Another play area, a passive, elliptical enclosed green space overlooking the wetlands, features a 5:1 pitched lawn, green chaise longues and evergreen buffer plantings. Over-sized, undulating concrete panels that resemble "potato chips" are sculptural play and seating elements. There's also a 100-foot diameter circular lawn surrounded by granite stepping- stones known as the "necklace," and a boardwalk weaving through the wetlands. Lighting Lighting creates night vistas, defines pathways, distinguishes elevation changes and provides a sense of security. Debra Gilmore (Gilmore Lighting Design) used LED accent lighting in pole-mounted adjustable fixtures, recessed wall lights and colored LEDs integrated into the boardwalk railings. Blue light was selected for its visibility in low-level light conditions and as a metaphorical reference to water. Above: The Germantown Town Center Park design protected a wetlands and pond in the center of this rapidly urbanizing area. The project incorporated stormwater management for over 40 acres of densely populated watershed, demonstrating integration of public infrastructure and open space design. The opening ceremony for the park was October 17, 2015. Transit, business properties and retail are nearby and walkable. Note the 3 "braided" sections of the serpintine walk, each forming an "eyelid."

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