Vermont Business Magazine LandWorks recently received an Honor Award for their work in the development of South Burlington’s planned Dumont Park, which will provide a publicly accessible passive recreation space that will serve South Burlington’s envisioned City Center downtown and surrounding areas. Other members of the multi-disciplinary team led by LandWorks include Engineering Ventures, North Woods Ecological Consulting, and Ecological Artist/Designer Jackie Brookner.
Dumont Park is planned for the lands between Iby Street, Market Street and Dorset Street. It will serve the needs of local residents and workers, neighbors, visitors, and people of all ages who seek the benefits of passive recreation in a wooded environment, with a light footprint on the existing natural resources. With boardwalks and bridges over wetland areas, interpretive opportunities throughout the site, and an accessible path system oriented around a central space comprised of an outdoor classroom and natural play area, the park will present a range of nature-based education opportunities. Natural art/sculpture elements are incorporated into the plans to create interest without undermining the natural quality of the park. The ecology of the site will be enhanced through removal of invasive plant species and restoration plantings are proposed throughout. Construction of Dumont Park is currently slated for Fall of 2017. More information is available online at: www.sburl.com (see City Center/TIF District in sidebar).
The Public Places Awards program is co-sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Vermont Community and Urban Forestry Council and the Vermont Planners Association. The purpose of the awards is “to recognize special public spaces, the corridors that connect them, or networks of public spaces which have been defined or enriched by planning or design, as well as regulations that promote positive, public uses and benefits.” This year’s jury opted to create two levels of awards, Honor and Merit. All awards show excellence, but the Honor Awards have some aspect that is of particular importance or stands out as truly exceptional.
The jury described the Dumont Park project as having an “excellent public process and comprehensive master plan for passive use of this key park area” and being an “inviting and dynamic place that provides integration of downtown and natural areas.”
LandWorks previously received the Public Places Honor Award in 2015 in recognition of their design for Middlebury’s Riverfront Park, which is located in the Marble Works District adjacent to the Otter Creek falls.
Other recipients of the 2017 Honor Award include:
Eagle Mountain Natural Area Signs Project, Milton - Submitted by the Milton Conservation Commission
Hartford High School Makeover, White River Junction - Submitted by the Creative Improvement Council
Hinesburg Town Forest National Register Nomination, Hinesburg - Submitted by the Vermont State Division of Historic Preservation
Lamoille Valley Railtrail Trailheads and Wayfinding, Lamoille County - Submitted by the Lamoille County Planning Commission
Oakledge Park Master Plan, Burlington - Submitted by Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture
Spruce Peak Village Center, Stowe - Submitted by the SE Group
Stone Valley Bikeway Development Plan, Rutland and Bennington Counties - Submitted by Broadreach Planning & Design
Veterans Memorial, Shelburne - Submitted by T. J. Boyle Associates
LandWorks is a Middlebury, Vermont based firm specializing in all facets of landscape architecture, planning and graphic design and whose innovative approach over 30 years of experience has resulted in successful project implementation for an extraordinarily diverse client base. David Raphael, ASLA, is principal of LandWorks and Lecturer at the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources.
Source: LandWorks 3.14.2017. www.landworksvt.com