Three Parks and Trails Projects Reach Milestones

Three Urban Planning + Design projects hit major milestones during September. Congratulations to the project teams for their hard work!

Alliance Park

Landscape Architects, Henry Hartshorn and Seth Henry, joined City of Fort Worth staff and council members, on Sept. 23, for the grand opening of Alliance Park.

Alliance Park is a 163-acre park/athletic complex located in the Alliance area of far north Fort Worth. The Park Master Plan prepared by Freese and Nichols includes approximately $32 million of improvements such as trails, pavilions, restroom facilities, athletic fields, playgrounds, park infrastructure and stormwater improvements.

This project includes final design and construction assistance (construction documents and construction administration) for Phases 1 and 2 of the master plan, which include around $6 million worth of improvements. Services provided under this contract included: landscape architectural, civil engineering, stormwater engineering, floodplain and environmental assessments.

Media coverage: Fort Worth’s newest park debuts in Alliance area

Below are photos from the ribbon-cutting ceremony:

Stephenson Park

​​​​​​​Freese and Nichols developed a master plan and public engagement program for a 3.1-acre historic park near downtown Edmond, OK. The area around the park is experiencing new development and investment with proposed retail, restaurant, multifamily and office space. The plan preserves the history of this neighborhood treasure while enhancing its beauty, appeal and usefulness for Edmond residents.

The redesign keeps important structures, such as WPA-era American Legion and Armory buildings, while adding a plaza space, event lawn, new pavilion/performance stage, new children’s play park, meandering pathways, expanded parking, new tree plantings and flexible open space to entice even more residents. Transforming the traditional neighborhood park into an urban green space promotes the overall goals of Edmond’s broader citywide master plan, also developed by FNI. The City selected FNI to further develop the construction documents for the park improvements at Stephenson Park.

FNI also performed professional design services for the City to develop construction documents for park improvements. The scope of work included professional survey, landscape architectural, architectural and engineering design services.

Media coverage: Edmond’s oldest park looks to ‘rocket’ into future with planned renovations

Below are photos from the groundbreaking ceremony:

Cedar Creek Trail

Landscape Architects Bryan Janhsen and Henry Hartshorn attended a pre-construction meeting, kicking off the construction of the Cedar Creek Trail in Abilene, Texas; construction will begin on this project in October.

The Cedar Creek Trail development project involves the design and implementation of a 1.9-mile concrete trail running along the eastern bank of Cedar Creek in Abilene. The trail project will begin at an existing trailhead just north of E. South 11th Street to Stevenson Park and ending at E. North 10th Street. The trail will also contain a low water crossing over Lytle Creek, a canopy crossing under the UPRR trestle, interpretive signage, safety beacons, seating areas and overlooks at selected areas.

Freese and Nichols is providing landscape design and implementation services on this project.

Below are photos from the project’s unofficial groundbreaking: