Completed in April 2010, the Arapahoe County Open Space Master Plan lays out a comprehensive framework for the future of the landscape of Arapahoe County, CO including parks, greenways, trails, and bicycle/pedestrian systems for the cities, towns and rural lands of a major metropolitan area south and east of Denver. The project included a detailed scientific survey of trends and desires and an extensive public/stakeholder engagement process. It provides specific direction for the success of the program going forward. This was the first master plan for the Arapahoe County Open Space Program and crucial to the future of the effort as the open space tax comes up for voter renewal in 2013. The master plan promotes filling the gaps and connectivity in the populated western portion of the County, sets a direction of open space, parks and trails in the developing central section of the County, and set standards and strategies for cooperative ranch and agricultural preservation–working with willing property owners–and land conservation in the mostly rural eastern region. The Greenway Team worked on this project in partnership with Chuck Flink (Greenways, Inc.) and Marty Zeller (Conservation Partners, Inc.)
In addition to playing a key role in the Arapahoe County Open Space Plan, the Greenway Team has prepared, or participated in, large scape open space and green infrastructure plans for Las Vegas, NV, Jefferson County, CO, Archeleta County, CO, Colorado Springs, CO, and Commerce City, CO.
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Our goal for this project is to protect and enhance the Little Dry Creek Corridor as it winds through Cherry Hills Village. We address conservation of vegetation and wildlife resources and will work toward flood hazard and erosion reduction. By exploring, where appropriate, opportunities for recreation, we can build on possible interconnected pathways and other low impact enjoyment to protect the sense of solace and serenity the corridor offers.
The Greenway Team is working with the City of Littleton to create a quality multi-use trail link and greenway access corridor linking Slaughterhouse Gulch Park and the Buck Community Center to the neighborhoods of Littleton and to the trail networks in the South Suburban Metro Area.
Key elements include a crushed gravel hike/bike path from W. Prentice Street to Littleton Boulevard, a tree canopy level pedestrian span across the gulch, linkage to the neighborhood and connections to Big Dry Creek and Mary Carter Greenway. We aim to promote riparian and historic canal resource stewardship and explore the continuation of the trail via City Ditch Corridor to Lee Gulch.
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Robert Searns and Bill Neumann were retained by a partnership of The City of Memphis, The Hyde Family Foundations and The Wolf River Conservancy to help plan and develop a major greenway and trail corridor along the Wolf River through Metropolitan Memphis. They have been assisting in evaluating trail designs, advising on public process and community involvement, advising on effective partnering strategies and project governance among the public-sector and non-profit partners, and drafting greenway and trail design guidelines. They led master planning for significant project elements including a new entry park, trail and canoe recreation facility that will be a hub of the greenway corridor.
The Croke Reservoir project was an exercise in realizing potential. As cities become landlocked, the need to look for recreational opportunities within the framework of existing resources becomes more important. This could easily have been a project to stabilize a shoreline. But the City, design team and the community itself came together to capitalize on an underappreciated area by fulfilling the promise of a true urban amenity.
As part of an intense renovation project to improve the fishery and wildlife conditions, the design team drained the reservoir, removed sediment from the lake bottom and stabilized the eastern shoreline to ensure the stability of eastbound Huron Street. This was accomplished by reestablishing the shoreline 50 to 100 feet west utilizing a rock retaining wall system. The shoreline was then sculpted and terraced to provide a variety of amenities including connections to the existing trail system, an overlook node with custom trellis structure and water feature, a fishing node with ADA accessibility and a combination of ornamental and native landscaping.
By drawing back the curtain of overgrown and degraded vegetation that concealed the reservoir from view, designing active and passive connections along the path, and improving aquatic and terrestrial wildlife habitat, Croke Reservoir was successfully reintroduced as an integral part of Northglenn’s Parks and Open Space system.
American Society of Landscape Architects, Colorado Chapter 2009 Merit Award
The Greenway Team prepared a greenway master plan for this one mile scenic corridor which runs through a hardwood forest in the heart of Anchorage, Kentucky. The plan (created for John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s Pizza) provides an important link between the city’s newest town center, schools, businesses, neighborhoods and the “Tom” Sawyer State Park to the west. The trail addresses the needs of multiple users including bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. The project includes a 300’ span pedestrian bridge with stone pillars, natural trails, an amphitheater, a fishing pier, a wetland boardwalk, gateway features and an interpretive wayfinding display throughout. The team was also responsible for preparing construction plans for this project.
American Trails 2008 National Award