Award Winning Landscape Design

The Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) honored RDG with three design awards during the Annual Spring Conference. Projects receiving accolades include: the Rotary Riverwalk Park in Des Moines, Iowa and the Iowa River Landing Wetland Park in Coralville, Iowa, and our “Healthy People Healthy Places” initiative.


The Rotary Riverwalk Park – received a Merit award for creating a unique urban park and engaging play space for children and families to experience along the west bank of the Des Moines River at the northern terminus of The Principal Riverwalk. The design concept was a collaboration of design professionals, civic organizations, public agencies, city departments and elected officials, working together to add to successful amenities along the existing Principal Riverwalk. This group envisioned the design and construct of a destination park attracting children, families, visitors to Des Moines, as well as, articulates the profound importance and impact of Rotary International and how the sincere efforts of a few can have a positive and lasting impact on our society as a whole.  More . . .

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The Iowa River Landing Wetland Park – recognized as a Merit award winner, is a 12 acre park and wetlands serving the community of Coralville, Iowa. Working with regulatory agencies such as the City of Coralville, The Iowa Department of the Natural Resources and the United States Army Corps of Engineers RDG helped create a park and wetlands along the Iowa River that is a sustainable aquatic habitat with interpretive educational opportunities. A “wetland walkway” constructed of metal grating weaves through pond side cultures, wooded wetlands, and emergent wetlands, creating many opportunities for learning about and experiencing the diverse culture of a variable wetland environment. Read More . . .

The Healthy People Healthy Places, Iowa Initiative – received a Community Stewardship Merit award, for its effort to look holistically at the impact of the natural and built environment on public health and well being. The “Healthy People Healthy Places” Advocacy Team is a partnering of state, county, municipal, academic, business and not-for-profit agencies and organizations all focused on public health and well-being.  As a part of this team, we are working to advance the Advisory Team’s efforts to work with state, community and business leaders to better understanding the impact the built and natural environment has on public and individual health and well-being.


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