Soda Springs Park Landscape Architecture

The existing Soda Springs Park is situated in the heart of Historic Downtown Manitou Springs, Colorado. A master plan update was developed in collaboration with the community and parks board. The plan focused on activating the undeveloped and under-utilized west end of the park as the first phase of construction. This “revitalized beginning” resulted in an exemplary tribute to the park’s surrounding natural environment and creek system, the historic and geologic wonders of the region, and the growing needs of the community connectivity and open space. The design prioritized having a restored sense of safety and functionality with the existing developed area of the park by including a decorative plaza, unique play area, accessible walkways and seating, boulder creek access with consideration to the local ecosystem and floodplain, security lighting, and a new flexible lawn to support day use and annual park events. This completed portion of the park anchors the space with engaging, multigenerational recreational activities. The park improvements have been enthusiastically received by residents and visitors and created momentum for future park improvements.

 

 

2023 Merit Award Winner, American Society of Landscape Architects, Colorado Chapter

 

 

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