Colleyville’s prominent City Hall is located within the Village Plaza District – a European inspired town center that includes mixed-use development, restaurants, shops, and townhouses. Directly adjacent to City Hall and surrounded with existing development was an ½-acre land that sat undeveloped. Seeing potential for the vacant land, the City acquired the property with the vision of creating a public greenspace and central gathering area for outdoor events. The City selected Freese and Nichols’ landscape architects to create a vision and a master plan for a vibrant and flexible outdoor space. The City and FNI’s team collaborated on a comprehensive public involvement plan and worked closely throughout the Master Plan process to create the new: Colleyville Plaza. The Plaza will be the City’s “front lawn” and central gathering place for outdoor public events, community movie nights, music festivals, and library sponsored educational programs.
This is an urban-infill project with many innovative design solutions and sustainable features, including a native Texas plant pallet, water efficient irrigation design, LED lighting throughout, and a centralized control system for the water feature/fountain to improve efficiency and save costs. The design closed and incorporated an existing street between City Hall and the new plaza to create a pedestrian focused corridor with special paving and overhead string lights that provide an ambient setting for evening events.