Recognized Landscape Design Awards

We are honored to receive design recognition from the Iowa Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for the following projects: The Grinnell Central Park, and the Chaplain Schmitt Island Placemaking and Implementation Plan.  These projects are a sensitive integration of the built environment that deliberately connects people with their past and future through an inclusive design process.

Design-Built Awards: Grinnell Central Park

The revitalization of Central Park was a collaborative process between RDG and the City of Grinnell beginning with the development of a master plan that addressed a complete renovation to the oldest and most historic park in the community. A 3.8-acre parcel, gifted to the City by J.B. Grinnell in the late 1800’s, Central Park has provided generations of citizens with a civic venue for festivals, concerts, community events, and family gatherings.

The park improvements capitalize on the rich cultural history of Grinnell and reinforce the spirit and emotion the park has come to embody. Following an impressive public-private fundraising campaign, the re-construction of Central Park has allowed downtown to truly become the heart of the community, once again.

Planning & Analysis Award: Chaplain Schmitt Island

Chaplain Schmitt Island Placemaking and Implementation Plan is designed to improve the overall riverfront of the island, enhance the overall experience on the island, increase foot traffic, and create a sense of place that celebrates the values of the community and region. In working for the Dubuque Racing Association and its Island Task Force, RDG Planning & Design led a four-month planning process that reviewed the existing master plan, received feedback from the task force, developed site-specific concepts, coordinated with the regulating authorities, and developed an overall promotional document for the improvements.

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