CityLine Park is intended to serve as a natural oasis to the dense assemblage of office, retail and multi-family communities in the CityLine development. When complete, CityLine Park will extend its trail network allowing for a multi-modal connection to the region’s light rail system. With a low impact approach, the design for CityLine Park seeks to preserve and enhance existing stands of forest surrounding and existing stream.
The heavily programmed active park spaces along the streetscape are linked to the existing natural clearings within the park edges by a network of bike and pedestrian shared use pathways. Using GPS the design team and city walked the entire park site to thoughtfully locate and lay out the trail system and pedestrian bridges through the existing forest. Where the terrain became too steep, an elevated walkway was installed using an LID helical pile footing system to minimize construction impacts on the existing woodland and its soils. Extensive tree protection measures were installed to limit construction disturbance throughout the site. Invasive material was eliminated. Declining plant material was removed, chipped, and spread throughout the park to decompose naturally on site in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Container grown native plant material and native seed mix meadows are used to re-establish vegetated areas along the edges of the woodlands. Among park program elements are an overlook deck with shade structure concealing a box culvert outfall, bermed seating area for events, and a future children’s play area.
Location: Richardson, TX
Awards: Texas Recreation & Park Society Park Design Excellence Award, 2016 North Region Conference
Photography Credit: Sam Heritage