Landscape Architect & Specifier News

MAR 2018

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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Above & Right :The landscape architects developed three 'spring pedestal' fountains, each representing one of the three converging rivers in Rome, Ga.: the Oostanaula, the Etowah and the Coosa. Each pedestal is marked with the English name of one of the rivers and the Cherokee equivalent. Native grasses and boulders encompass each fountain, with mounded adjacent lawns representing the seven hills that gave Rome, Georgia its name. Top, Middle: The John Ross Memorial Bridge brings walkers on the Heritage Trail across the Oostanaula River to Riverfront Plaza, the Town Green and The Forum convention center. Top, Right & Bottom, Middle: The stairs up from the Riverwalk brings you to a plaza, the eastern terminus of the John Ross Pedestrian Bridge (left). The plaza presents a bronze statue of Ellen Axson Wilson (1860-1914), President Woodrow Wilson's first wife and native of Rome, Ga. The statue was commissioned by the Rome Area Council for the Arts and designed by Arizona artist Stephanie Hunter. Far Right: The new boardwalk under the Fifth Avenue Bridge, is another link of the Heritage Trail to the Rome Riverfront. 66 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Italian capital. Rome, Ga., eventually grew into a major antebellum cotton trading and manufacturing center, and became occupied by Union forces during the Civil War. Over time, Rome has become a regional trading, medical and education center. Rome is the county seat of Floyd County and the largest city (pop. 36,303) in northwest Georgia, about 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. During Rome's development its riverfront was industrial in nature. By the end of the 20th century, the riverfront lacked amenities, greenspace, gathering places and an overall ambience to match the draw of its famed downtown area on Broad Street. In 1990, the city of Rome and Floyd County developed a multiuse government and event center on the Oostanaula riverfront called The Forum. While it created a venue for downtown activity, the development lacked access to the river. Furthermore, most site improvements were limited to the addition of parking lots. The city considered the rivers important amenities and sought a consultant to develop a master plan to guide improvements along the riverfront. Over the course of nine years the Atlanta office of Jacobs' Advance Planning Group led the master plan and directed the design of all improvement projects. Project manager Brad Jones, PLA, ASLA, now a senior project manager with Pond & Company, led the project for Jacobs as lead consultant. The master plan, which included many critical components, steered parking and

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