Scotch Ridge Park

Carlisle, IA

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Landscape Architecture Overview:

Inspired by natural landforms on the site and the site’s proximity to the nearby historical Scotch Ridge, the design team created a framework for the park that incorporated a unique and naturally formed elliptical “silt drift” shape with a tartan plaid overlaid on the ground surface.  The drift became the trail route and the grid created by the tartan plaid was used to organize the program elements within the park.  Major program elements include a recreational trail with pedestrian bridge crossing the North River, restored wetlands, plots for agriculture and floodplain research, natural playscape, community center, festival space, primitive camping area, canoe and kayak river access, and ample areas for wildlife and nature viewing.