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Water Plan for Urban Park

Water Plan for Urban Park

EOR and the Capitol Region Watershed District collaborated on a multi-functional park design located on a former brownfield site. Adjacent to a new school, residential neighborhoods, and the Mississippi River, the park's design focuses on interactive water elements, seasonal recreation, innovative water treatment strategies, and migratory bird habitat. A Moist Soil Management strategy creates a series of "habitat magnets" across the site, and individual eco-cells develop unique ecological conditions. Multiple trails allow park users to explore diverse ecologies and pioneering passive-use spaces. The design also ensures visitors can experience the park year-round, including a bio-cleansing wading/skating plaza, interactive mist/ice fountains, large open lawns, and a distinctive planting scheme.

Client Benefits

  • Celebrates and interprets the ever-changing hydrology of wetlands, providing engaging and educational visitor experiences.
  • Supports a variety of both passive and active recreational programs through all Minnesota’s seasons.
  • Enriches the ecological health of the on-site wetland, and creates habitat opportunities along the Mississippi Flyway.

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