Posts Tagged ‘Parkitecture’

August 28, 2013

Changes in the Works: Open House for Water Works Park Master Plan

1Des Moines Water Works, in collaboration with Sasaki Associates and RDG Planning & Design, invites the public to see the exciting changes in the works for one of the largest urban parks in the nation.  A public open house for the Water Works Park Master Plan will be held on September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m., at Water Works Park’s event lawn (west end of the park off of George Flagg Parkway). Signs and volunteers will guide visitors to the site. Enjoy food, music and family-fun activities that will assist visitors to envision what’s on tap for Water Works Park.

The evening’s activities include paddleboarding and canoeing demonstrations, a water dance performance, a guided ecology bike tour, live music, fishing tips and tricks, and community eco-art projects for the whole family. See below for a complete list of activities and schedule. Enjoy free tacos from Tacopocalypse and free re-usable water bottles for the first 200 people. Your feedback on the park plan is the only request.

In the event of inclement weather, activities will be held at Des Moines Water Works’ general office building, located at 2201 George Flagg Parkway.

For the latest updates, visit facebook.com/ChangesInTheWorks. For more information about the event, contact Teva Dawson at (515) 244-8590 or ChangesintheWorks@gmail.com.

Water Works Park Master Plan Open House: September 10, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Throughout the evening, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

  • Enjoy free tacos from Tacopocalypse for the first 200 people.
  • Free re-usable water bottles for the first 200 people or bring your own re-usable water bottle and fill up at Des Moines Water Works’ mobile water station.
  • Live music.
  • Learn about Water Works Park’s future amenities and provide feedback on the plan.
  • View paddleboarding demonstrations by No Coast Stand Up.
  • Win a prize by participating in a scavenger hunt.
  • Share a picture of yourself next to a future park amenity in the photo booth and enter to win a prize if shared on the “Changes in the Works” Facebook site.
  • Learn tips and tricks for successful fishing by experts from Izaak Walton League.
  • Gain river paddling advice and demonstrations by Central Iowa Paddlers.
  • Hang with the horses from Irish Run Farms and learn about riding the bridle trails at Water Works Park.
  • Write your wish for the park and the river through the “wishing ribbons” eco-art project, hosted by Open Arts.
  • Participate in green arts activities, hosted by Metro Arts Alliance.
  • “Fish for Pollutants”  by using a fishing pole to see how many pollutants like dirt, trash, fertilizer, pet waste and pesticides you can “fish” out of the water.

6:00 p.m.

  • Water Dance – Paddleboarding dance performance by modern dance company, Hurley and Dancers.

6:15 p.m.

  • Guided Ecology Bike Tour – Learn about the watersheds, flood plain forest ecosystems and the restoration of disturbed areas, including the infamous “Lost Planet.” A limited number of B-cycle Bikes from the Bike Collective will be available for use.  Note: The trail is not strenuous, but participants will ride on asphalt, gravel and mowed grass.
Posted by: Laura Sarcone 6 Comments
Labels: , , , , Posted in Parks January 25, 2012

Water Works Park Vision Plan

Des Moines Water Works, working in partnership with Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture, is pleased to announce that Sasaki Associates, with RDG Planning & Design and Applied Ecological Services (AES), is the winning team of the Water Works Parkitecture Competition.

The Parkitecture competition, aptly named for its emphasis on the fundamental role landscape architecture and design play in re-envisioning Water Works Park, began June 2011.  The international design competition entailed the creation of a conceptual plan for Water Works Park to form dynamic relationships between the river, the watershed, and the community.

A panel of judges representing the design industry, Des Moines Water Works and the Greater Des Moines community, reviewed 44 proposals and selected 5 finalists for further review and public comment. The winning team of Sasaki Associates, RDG Planning & Design and AES was confirmed by the Board of Water Works Trustees of the City of Des Moines, Iowa,

The competition sought proposals to integrate the ecological and social function of a park and river into a unified landscape; to inspire the community and to generate discussion about watershed issues/best practices; and offer innovative design solutions to address ecological and recreational challenges specific to Water Works Park.

The 1,500 acre park is bisected by the Raccoon River and a 3-mile-long infiltration gallery, which is a major source of drinking water for Des Moines. The overall vision of Sasaki’s winning plan was to shape, using the natural boundary of the River, two distinct – yet complementary – sections of the Water Works Park: the wild and the engineered. The wild offers immersion into the park’s magnificent natural setting through activities like horseback riding, hiking, and exploration. The engineered is the active heart of the park and provides more structured outdoor activities and event spaces. The centerpiece of the ‘engineered landscape’ is a recreational watercourse, experienced on standing paddleboards, that is linked to interpretive opportunities regarding the role of the site in harvesting and cleaning drinking water. The engineered landscape also connects to city streets, integrating the park with the urban fabric of Des Moines. Through a series of engaging experiences, the plan offers the potential to realize Water Works Park’s mission – to transform the way society thinks and understands the role of water in the region.

“Education and the connection between the river and the community were highly stressed in Sasaki’s winning plan,” said competition judge, Ted Corrigan, Director of Water Distribution and Grounds for Des Moines Water Works. “The concept of integrating recreation with water supply operational enhancements also stood out from the other submissions.”

Sasaki’s concept plan also won “People’s Favorite” at the public open house on December 15, at the Des Moines Art Center.

The design team and Des Moines Water Works will begin a concept validation process which will address specific issues and include public outreach. It is expected that a majority of the funds for implementation of the vision plan will be obtained through private fundraising and will not be borne by water rate payers.

Throughout the design process, the design team interviewed citizens, community leaders, focus groups, and stakeholders, and will continue engaging the public throughout the master plan and implementation process of the park.

“Building on this concept in a way that provides meaning to the people of Greater Des Moines will be key to the overall success of the ultimate design,” says Pat Boddy, RDG Planning & Design Stewardship Director.

The Water Works Park vision plan is the most recent in a series of urban Midwest floodplain projects for Sasaki. Sasaki principal and landscape architect, Gina Ford, has been involved in the firm’s work in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Chicago, and Des Moines.

“Our recent work has inspired a deep respect for the dynamism of the floodplain and the need for flood resilience,” she explains. “The Water Works Park competition provided us an opportunity to explore water holistically – from the watershed all the way to the tap. The site is rich with the potential to interpret and transform public understanding of water and its role in the region.”

Sasaki collaborated with Des Moines-based RDG Planning & Design and Minneapolis-based Applied Ecological Services on the competition entry and will continue to do so through implementation. Collectively, the team proffers progressive design strategy, creative vision, acute regional understanding, and technical prowess.

For more information on Sasaki’s concept plan, visit: http://waterworkscircuit.com

Posted by: Laura Sarcone 1 Comment
Labels: , , , , Posted in Parks December 12, 2011

Public Open House for Water Works Park Design Competition Finalists

Earlier this year, Des Moines Water Works, in partnership with Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, launched “Parkitecture,” an international design competition for re-envisioning Water Works Park. 

A public open house to view the five professional finalists and nine student honorees will be held on December 15, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Des Moines Art Center, located at 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. The public will have the opportunity to comment on each professional design concept and cast a “people’s favorite” vote.

The panel of nine judges that selected the finalists will hear final presentations from the professional entries on December 16.  The winning design concept will be announced by the end of the year.  Funds for implementation of the winning design will be obtained through private fundraising and will not be borne by water rate payers.

In October, judges reviewed 44 design proposals and selected 5 professional finalists and 9 student honorees for further review and public comment. Design proposals included 25 student entries and 19 professional entries, including international firms from London and Egypt.

Water Works Park, a 1,500-acre urban park in the heart of Des Moines, has provided the main water supply for the city since the early 1900s.  It is also a major component of the city’s open space system and trail network.

The result of the design competition will be an innovative park design showcasing Water Works Park as a model component of the larger watershed and recreational destination for current and future generations of Central Iowans.

Online public access to view the five professional finalists and nine student honorees is available at http://parkitecture.design.iastate.edu/publicreview.php.  Questions and comments regarding Parkitecture can be addressed to parkitecture@dmww.com or (515) 283-8751.

Posted by: Laura Sarcone 1 Comment
Labels: , , , , Posted in Parks October 26, 2011

Finalists for Water Works Park Design Competition Announced

Earlier this year, Des Moines Water Works, in partnership with Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, launched “Parkitecture,” an international design competition for Water Works Park.  The competition, aptly named for its emphasis on the fundamental role landscape architecture and design play in re-envisioning Water Works Park, sought proposals from professional designers and students.

A panel of 9 judges reviewed the 44 submitted design proposals and selected 5 finalists for further review and public comment as well as 9 student team honorees. The 44 submitted design proposals included 25 student entries and 19 professional entries, including international firms from London and Egypt.

Professional finalists (note: many entries included several individuals and/or other firms):

  • Gina Ford, Sasaki Associates, Watertown, MA; Mike Bell, RDG Planning & Design, Des Moines, IA and Kim Chapman, Applied Ecological Services, Prior Lake, MN
  • Matthew Getch, London, England
  • Dena Kennett, AECOM, Alexandria, VA
  • William Roberts, Nomad Studio, New Orleans, LA
  • Ed Wall, Project Studio, London, England

Student team honorees:

  • Clark Bockhahn, Oklahoma State University
  • Brandon Burlingame, Oklahoma State University
  • Yi Hou, Iowa State University
  • Forrest Hunt, Oklahoma State University
  • Nicholas Meyer, Iowa State University
  • Abby Rodeald, Iowa State University
  • Cameron Rouze, Oklahoma State University
  • Alex Tyler, University of Oklahoma
  • Shengyi Yue, Iowa State University

The review panel selected the finalists based on creativity, practicality, appeal, and addressing site considerations.  Judges included representatives from the design industry, Des Moines Water Works, and the community:

  • Ted Corrigan, Des Moines Water Works
  • Jeff Fleming, Des Moines Art Center
  • James Grant, Board of Water Works Trustees
  • Mell Meredith, Meredith Publishing Corporation
  • Janis Ruan, Ruan Corporation
  • Gary Scott, City of West Des Moines
  • Ken Smith, Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect
  • Don Tripp, City of Des Moines
  • Carl Rogers, Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture

The five professional finalists are invited to visit Water Works Park in November to review specific areas of the Park addressed in their proposals.  The finalists will meet with the public on December 15 at the Des Moines Art Center and will make final presentations to the jury on December 16.  The winning design concept will be announced by the end of the year. 

“The competition is intended to generate discussion about watershed issues and best practices and offer innovative design solutions to address ecological and recreational challenges specific to Water Works Park” (e.g., prone to frequent flooding), said Ted Corrigan, Director of Water Distribution and Grounds for Des Moines Water Works.

Water Works Park, a 1,500-acre urban park in the heart of Des Moines, has provided the main water supply for the city since the early 1900s.  It is also a major component of the city’s open space system and trail network.

“The result of the design competition will be an innovative park design showcasing Water Works Park as a model component of the larger watershed and recreational destination for current and future generations of Central Iowans,” said Corrigan.

Funds for implementation of the winning design will be obtained through private fundraising and will not be borne by water rate payers.

Online public access to the five professional finalists and nine student honorees is available.  Questions and comments regarding Parkitecture can be addressed to parkitecture@dmww.com or (515) 283-8751.

Posted by: Laura Sarcone 1 Comment
Labels: , , , , Posted in Parks June 9, 2011

Design Competition for Water Works Park

Des Moines Water Works, working in partnership with Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture, is excited to announce the launch of “Parkitecture,” an international design competition for Water Works Park.  The competition, aptly named for its emphasis on the role landscape architecture and design play in re‐envisioning Water Works Park, will seek proposals from professional designers and will offer students the opportunity to submit design concepts in an honorarium category.  Water Works Park, a 1,500‐acre park in the heart of Des Moines, has provided the main water supply for the city since the early 1900s and is a major component of the city’s open space system and trail network.

“The goal of the design competition is to draw awareness to the rich identity of Water Works Park and the value of the Raccoon River in serving the needs of Central Iowans,” said Ted Corrigan, Director of Water Distribution and Grounds for Des Moines Water Works.  “The competition is intended to generate discussion about watershed issues and best practices and offer innovative design solutions to address ecological and recreational challenges specific to Water Works Park” (e.g., prone to frequent flooding)” he said.  Through this visioning process, Des Moines Water Works would like to:

  • Limit the impact of flooding on park features
  • Restore the character of the Arie den Boer Crabapple Arboretum
  • Provide opportunities for memorials and donations to the park
  • Enhance vehicular and pedestrian circulation in the park and provide a visually appealing experience for both
  • Improve parking throughout the site
  • Separate park and operational activities, and
  • Enhance the entrance to the park

What makes this design competition even more notable is DMWW’s partnership with Iowa State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture.  Faculty and students provided much of the research and work to develop the competition through a service learning curriculum.  Thirty‐two Iowa State University students in the Landscape Architecture 401 Professional Practice course, taught by Associate Professor Carl Rogers, worked this past spring semester to collect current and historical site information on Water Works Park and develop the competition brief.  They also designed the website for registration and proposal submission.

“The partnership between the Department of Landscape Architecture and Des Moines Water Works has enabled landscape architecture students to learn first‐hand how a design project is conceived from the perspective of both the client and the user,” Rogers said.  “The design competition will showcase the park and provide Des Moines Water Works and the City of Des Moines a new perspective of the role the park plays in the form of the city,” he said.

More details about the design competition can be found at http://parkitecture.design.iastate.edu.

Tell us what you think…what elements or ideas do you have that you’d like to see woven into the redesign of Water Works Park?

Posted by: Amy Kahler 8 Comments
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