Park Design

City Bella Urban Park, Richfield, MN
Principal-in-charge responsible for the site design of a new public park/plaza located over below-grade parking, which is part of a major urban redevelopment project in this first ring Minneapolis suburb. The plaza is the focal point of the surrounding development and includes a fountain and a series of gardens, walkways, and gathering and performance spaces. 2003.

Chestnut Plaza on the Mississippi, St. Paul, MN
Principal-in-charge responsible for the site design of a new riverfront public plaza on the Mississippi in downtown Saint Paul. The multi-tier space includes interactive water features, a promenade to the river’s edge, custom cast-in-place seating, and a slip for commercial vessels. 2008.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, East River Flats Regional Park, Minneapolis, MN
Principal-in-charge for the development of a landscape plan for the new park. Located at the foot of the University of Minnesota’s Mall on the East Bank, this new park was planned to accommodate a wide range of activities, including the University’s women’s rowing club. Serving as a key recreational space, the work also focused on a highly visible stormwater management plan, which includes interpretive plaques to describe how the system works. The project is being built out over a number of years and will eventually include twin pavilions framing a water feature with the river gorge as a backdrop.

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Numerous neighborhood parks, Minneapolis, MN
Beginning in the 1980’s, Bob has been actively involved with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board developing designs for a number of urban parks in the city. These have included large community parks such as Powderhorn Park and small pocket parks embedded in quiet neighborhoods.

Mississippi River Gorge Master Plan, Minneapolis, MN
Bob led a design team that developed a master plan for the Mississippi River Gorge between downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Unique along the entire length of the Mississippi, the gorge is a deep chasm that has been “loved to death” over the decades. The plan balanced the need for restoration of the fragile habitat and the desire for access to the valley for recreational purposes. Bob worked on several site-specific designs that were the outgrowth of the master plan.

Park Commons and Wolfe Park Master Plan, St. Louis Park, MN
Part of a larger “new urban” redevelopment initiative, Park Commons and Wolfe Park were developed as signature spaces in the City of St. Louis Park. The design was complicated due to a former landfill occupying a portion of the site. Bob worked closely with the MPCA to appropriately remediate the contamination. The park includes a comprehensive stormwater management strategy that provides active recreational uses in summer and winter, as well a range of spaces for families and active recreation.

Sumner Park in Heritage Park Redevelopment, Minneapolis, MN
Sumner Park is embedded in a new community in north Minneapolis. Bob participated on the master planning team that designed the new neighborhood and was then retained to lead the design of Sumner Park, located along a new parkway. The park is unique in that it is specifically designed to accept stormwater from outside the immediate watershed, cleanse it, and then send it on to the Mississippi River. The park also serves as a recreational focus and gathering space for the new community.

Upper Landing Park on the Mississippi, St. Paul, MN
Built on a floodplain and former superfund site, Upper Landing Park was the first of a series of projects led by Bob to re-engage the City of Saint Paul with its riverfront. The park design focuses on the natural and cultural qualities of the river, interpreting the characteristics of river flow, flooding, navigation and its important role as a flyway for migrating birds.

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