PROJECT FACT SHEET
Purpose of Project
To create a community park in the North West Neighborhood of Lowry, a former U.S. Air Force
base. The mission of this work is to transform the former military community into a mixed-use
community strongly defined by well designed parks and open space.
Role of Landscape Architect
The role of the landscape architect was to provide full design services for a 7.8-acre park from
conceptual design to construction documentation and observation. The landscape architect
challenged the geographic scope of this park and succeeded in expanding the design role across
the adjoining streets into the tree, lawn and residential lots adjoining the park. Connections for
Crescent Park extend to a couple of smaller vest pocket parks to the north. The influence of the
landscape architect has been to plan and design all of the open spaces in this 180 acre Northwest
Special Factors and Significance
Not a typical community park
The redevelopment authority engaged the landscape architect to plan this neighborhood with an
emphasis on creating strong bonds among people within the community. The landscape architect
identified that the quality of the parks and public spaces are critical to promoting the interaction
of people. The landscape architect convinced the redevelopment authority that all street design
and park design should be integrated to promote walking to the park through tree-lined streets and
development lots to guarantee that neighbors visit the park.
Once in the park, movement throughout is critical to the park’s success. This movement is also
critical to the success of parks like Washington Park. Central to the park is a large lawn for larger
sport activities. A sequence of different spaces link an urban-like gathering space to a more
primitive and contemplative space on the top of a mound, creating interest and curiosity. The
idea is to set people in motion around the large central space.
People gather on the promenade, an elevated path that takes you from one end of the park to the
other, to view the ongoing game.The walk from the urban-like plaza to the mound also offers a
smaller path that meanders through a variety of spaces. The urban plaza offers places for picnics,
barbecues and family gatherings, under the pavilions. Next to the plaza is a space for children, a
playground situated near the pavilions and picnic activity. The significance of distributing
activities and making many destinations within the parks is to promote people movement and
Moving along the path more intimate and primitive spaces change in character with different
plantings and furnishings. In the last space a rough-hewn log serves as seating.The path ends at
the top of the mound with views over the park, the neighborhood and the mountains. Large
boulders surrounded by native vegetation create a comfortable prospectand a place for
In addition to the park design, the landscape architect had the opportunity to be involved in
several planning exercises throughout the Lowry North West Neighborhood. These networks of
spaces and linkages augment Crescent Park and enhance the neighborhood byelevating adjacent
semi-custom homes to allow views into the park, designing and integrating with two pocket parks
north of Crescent Park and establishing a variety of lot sizes surrounding the park.
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