Thursday March 23, 2017
The jury from the Public Places Awards program described the South Burlington Dumont Park project as an “inviting and dynamic place that provides integration of downtown and natural areas.” LandWorks was the recipient of the award for their work in the development of the planned park, which will provide a publicly accessible passive recreation space that will serve South Burlington’s envisioned City Center downtown and surrounding areas. The jury also noted the project as having an “excellent public process and comprehensive master plan for passive use of this key park area.” The Public Places Awards program is co-sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Vermont Community and Urban Forestry Council and the Vermont Planners Association.
Dumont Park is planned for the lands between Iby Street, Market Street, and Dorset Street. It will serve the needs of local residents and workers, neighbors, visitors, and people of all ages who seek the benefits of passive recreation in a wooded environment, with a light footprint on the existing natural resources. With boardwalks and bridges over wetland areas, interpretive opportunities throughout the site, and an accessible path system oriented around a central space comprised of an outdoor classroom and natural play area, the park will present a range of nature-based education opportunities. Natural art/sculpture elements are incorporated into the plans to create interest without undermining the natural quality of the park. The ecology of the site will be enhanced through removal of invasive plant species and restoration plantings are proposed throughout. Construction of Dumont Park is currently slated for fall of 2017.
The purpose of the award is “to recognize special public spaces, the corridors that connect them, or networks of public spaces which have been defined or enriched by planning or design, as well as regulations that promote positive, public uses and benefits.” This year’s jury opted to create two levels of awards, Honor and Merit. All awards show excellence, but the Honor Awards have some aspect that is of particular importance or stands out as truly exceptional.
LandWorks is a Middlebury based firm which specializes in all facets of landscape architecture, planning, and graphic design. Other members of the multi-disciplinary team led by LandWorks include Engineering Ventures, North Woods Ecological Consulting, and ecological artist and designer Jackie Brookner.
More information is available online at www.sburl.com, see City Center/TIF District in sidebar.