Southeast Des Moines School, Park, and Library

Des Moines, IA

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Landscape Architecture Overview:

The master planning process was as unique as the plan itself. A steering committee comprised of board and staff members of the Des Moines School District, Parks and Recreation, and the Des Moines Public Library teamed with community activists and representatives to provide insight, context, and cross-organizational cooperation. During the planning process, the boundary of the park was reconfigured to more favorably impact environmental stewardship based on water shed assessment, storm water management and environmental impact. The plan itself provides a comprehensive trail system, shared facilities, restored habitat, multiple storm water management principles, integrated neighborhood development, outdoor education, gardens, shelters, a Discovery Garden / natural playscape and open flexible space.