PARKS AND GARDENS

The benefits of parks and gardens are invaluable to people, our communities, the economy and the environment. Green spaces offer the opportunity for people to improve their physical and psychological well-being. For our communities parks are a public health, youth development, job creation and community building policy initiative. Parks reduce energy use and storm water runoff, increase the value of adjacent properties and improve our productivity. They also serve a critical environmental function by making water cleaner, purifying the air, returning oxygen to the atmosphere, providing habitat and increasing biodiversity. TNDPA's Landscape Architects provide a full range of open space design services from park programming, to master planning, to design development and construction documents throughout the New York/New Jersey region. All of our parks and gardens large or small, whether an athletic field complex, passive park, arboretum, healing garden or perennial garden are designed to nurture the spirit and act as green infrastructure.

 

Scranton Adventure & Wellness Park (In Progress)

Scranton, Pennsylvania
Client: Lackawanna Heritage Valley national & State Heritage Area

The Lackawanna River Heritage Trail is part of a seventy mile multi-purpose trail system that stretches from Pittston north to connect with the Delaware and Hudson Rail Trail. In 2013 Lackawanna Heritage Valley (LHV) opened eight miles of new trails including the Scranton to Taylor section. LHV is focused on celebrating the rich history of the area while providing facilities to improve the mental and physical health of residents and visitors.

TerraNoble Design was retained to prepare a prototype Adventure and Wellness Park plan in support of a funding application to Blue Cross of Pennsylvania. LHV proposes to construct three trailside parks and multiple fitness stations along the 20 mile stretch from Scranton to Carbondale. The park is programmed to provide multi-generational physical and mental wellness activities for people of all abilities and ranging in age from preschool to senior citizens.

Laurel Hill, a man-made topographic feature, rises fifteen feet above the trail and is the center for rock climbing and bouldering activities for teens and adults. Covered with Mountain Laurel, the Pennsylvania State Flower, the hill will have a woodland ramble character. At its trailside base a 10 station fitness loop is proposed to strengthen the body.

On the opposite side of Laurel Hill and separated for safety is the Children's Adventure Play Pit. Here youngsters will be encouraged to use their imagination in climbing, spelunking, and sliding their way to improved fitness and agility. The adventure is heightened by the addition of a rustic timber tree house reached by a bridge over the parks promenade path. The tree house marks the beginning of the low ropes course designed to enhance personal development and provide opportunities for team building. Ten to twenty challenges will be offered to encourage park users to go beyond their self-imposed boundaries resulting in enhanced self-confidence and esteem. A BMX Pump Park rounds out the active recreational opportunities.

Mental wellness has been shown to be equally important to good health. A Labyrinth and Native Medicinal Plant Garden are proposed as a setting for mediation and reflection. Entered beneath a rustic, vine draped arbor and surrounded by evergreens, the garden will provide a quiet place to escape the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Other proposed amenities include public restrooms, walking and running paths, a community garden, a broad oval lawn for special events and fitness classes, connections to adjacent ball fields, and parking for twenty vehicles.


 


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Mohegan Sun Casino and Hotel

Uncasville, Connecticut
Client: Mohegan Tribal Authority
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and The Rockwell Group

The Mohegan Sun Casino underwent a spectacular $1 billion expansion. Along with the opening of a new casino, retail complex, and entertainment venues, the resort added 1,200 hotel rooms, meeting and convention space, and spa facilities.

The planning and landscape design approach re-establishes the site's indigenous landscape. Mixed native and ornamental plantings are set in contrast to abstract interpretations of tribal lore and culture providing a memorable arrival experience for guests and visitors. Tribal symbols and forms are evoked in earthworks, stone groups and plant selections to create distinct transitions from the native forest.

Arriving guests enter a great tribal circle, at the entrance to the Casino of the Sky. Formed as an earthen bowl, the circle is defined by 13 rock formations marking the path of the moon across the sky. The bowl is punctuated by the "Tree of Life‚" symbolic of the tribe's creation story. Ornamental and native plants were selected based on aesthetics and their use by the Mohegan tribe for spiritual, medicinal and domestic purposes.

Tim Delorm, Principal Planner & Landscape Architect prepared the plan while with EDAW, Inc


 


Casino Entry Tribal Circle
Mohegan Tree of Life
Hotel Entry Reforestation
Tribal Council Rock & Spirit Garden

Yankee Stadium Community Parks Master Plan

Bronx, New York
Client: New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)

The grandest of its time, Yankee Stadium was viewed as the "Cathedral of Baseball," having seen 26 World Series championships and 38 league pennants – more success than any other major sports franchise in the world. A new stadium was built across the street.

With the construction of the new Stadium north of 161st Street, the designers were challenged to replace lost community park facilities while accommodating stadium transportation and parking facilities. The approach sought to provide the Bronx community with enhanced recreation facilities on a one-for-one replacement basis.

The former Yankee Stadium site will be converted to the "Heritage Park‚" ball field complex. A track, field turf multi-purposed filed, ball courts and children's play grounds are constructed to conceal stadium parking. Enhanced streetscapes will connect the community through the redeveloped Bronx Terminal Market to a new waterfront park and tennis center on the Harlem River.

Tim Delorm, Principal-in-Charge and Landscape Architect prepared the plan while with EDAW, Inc.


Mullaly Park Aerial Illustration
Harlem River Esplanade
Yankee Stadium Parks Master Plan
Turf Baseball Diamond

 

Lyndhurst Recreation Complex

Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Client: EnCap Golf LLC
Architect: Sowinski Sullivan Architects

Design services for the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex were provided to replace fields displaced during closing of the Lyndhurst landfills. Past landfill operations dictated the placement of an earthen cap and leachate collection system as a part of the remediation.

An existing bus service building was renovated and redesigned to house indoor recreation, office, and meeting space. Façade improvements and surrounding landscaping will transformed its current appearance as a bus service station. Parking for 170 cars serves the recreation building, concessions and the athletic fields.

Active recreation facilities include a baseball field, two softball fields and a soccer/football field. A path system leads visitors past a series of overlooks, naturalized landscape areas and to ballfields from the adjoining neighborhood. The overlooks take advantage of the cliffs and steep slopes to provide a unique vantage point for ball game spectators as well as panoramic views of the surrounding area and the New York skyline beyond.

Tim Delorm, Principal-in-Charge and Landscape Architect prepared the plan while at EDAW, Inc.

 


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Park Bench
Lyndhurst High Field Logo
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