Restored Ecology as Park Design Inspiration
The July 2012 issue of Recreation Management Magazine features an article that highlights the Valley View Park project in West Des Moines, Iowa as a case study for restored ecology.
Located on the growing western edge of the City of West Des Moines, Valley View Park is in a region that was dominated by prairie, prior to European settlement. A driving priority of the master plan was to demonstrate how these historic native conditions of the site could be reestablished as the foundation for future Park development. Preservation of native hardwood trees, restoration of native prairie areas, and reestablishment of ecological zones within the Park that seamlessly integrate rainwater management processes that mimic an ecologically-based system are just some of the factors being considered.
The Valley View Park Master Plan is the culmination of an extensive public involvement process, investigation and evaluation of historic site conditions, and a balanced approach to park development incorporating human needs with environmental considerations.
Read the entire article and view additional illustrations and information about the project. Restored Ecology as Park Design Inspiration.pdf