Hemlock Grove Parks, Duvall, WA03-29-24 | News

Hemlock Grove Parks, Duvall, WA

Submission by DTJ DESIGN
by Staff

The Parks Issue of Landscape Architect and Specifier News saw many firms submit their projects for feature consideration. This project was not chosen for a Feature in the issue, but we at thought the project deserved to be showcased online . . .


The Hemlock Groves Parks design was inspired by the large existing conifers on site that are typical of the Pacific Northwest. The forms and textures are interpretations of tree rings and can be seen in the shelter's oval form, paving patterns, and overall park forms. The nature play area was derived from a fallen tree stand, with overlapping tree trunks. Similarly, the tree ring formed climbing wall is a bark-peeled log expression. This park is focused on creative play, nature play and smaller group gatherings. The water play element is a scaled representation of the adjacent Snohomish River and valley. Unique features like the log scramble, tunnel, musical chimes, and woodland exploration trails all connect the site to its context. Sustainability was an important driver with the use of 100% native plants (with turf grass exception), bio swales that catch roadway runoff, and deliberate use of turf only in activity areas. There are multiple interpretive signs throughout the park highlighting the ecosystem function of native plants, the trees, the river valley, and more. Key to the success of this project was the design process integrated with public involvement as well as direction from the City of Duvall, Toll Brothers, DTJ and the consultant team. The result is multi-faceted park for the community that provides new amenity and educational opportunities for all to enjoy.

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