Parks

Increase Public Outreach Success with an Online Survey

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:21+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Design, Parks, People, Projects|

SurveyMonkey is an easy to use tool that helped our project reach a lot of interested people. While the public meetings had 30-50 attendees, the online poll gathered over 1,000 responses in just 6 weeks! Jim Brennan discussing Wayne Golf Course vision as part of public outreach J.A. Brennan and our colleagues at MAKERS and

Park(ing) Day

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Design, Parks|

“On the Boardwalk” was the theme of J.A. Brennan’s parklet for the 10th year of Park(ing) Day on September 18. Park(ing) Day is celebrated nation-wide annually on the third Friday of September. What's special is that it's a chance for cities to re-imagine the location of public green space in non-traditional areas. It’s an extraordinary

Dune Fencing: Practical and Beachy

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 September 15th, 2014|Design, News, Parks, Projects|

by Mike Perfetti, Senior Associate, Landscape Architect One challenge we face on many public park projects is protecting newly installed plants from being trampled by park users.  (Another challenge is preventing plants from being devoured by wildlife!)  Recently we worked with Davido Consulting Group at San Juan County’s Odlin Park to design renovations to an

Appreciating My Local Greenbelt

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 July 10th, 2014|Parks, People, Thoughts|

By Drew Coombs, Landscape Architect I live in the Shorewood neighborhood, on the southwest edge of Seattle at the Burien border.  We are fortunate that we have two or three locations within walking distance where we are able to access a peaceful natural forest setting. Experiencing the Greenbelt One of my favorite walks is down

Facilities and Parks Spotlight Award

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 May 30th, 2014|Design, News, Parks, Projects|

The Washington Recreation & Park Association (WRPA) recently awarded Don Morse Park in Chelan a Facilities and Parks Spotlight Award. “Spotlight Awards highlight excellence and achievements in the field of parks and recreation by honoring the amazing efforts of public agencies.  Facilities & Parks Awards recognize the highest standards in design, development and renovation of

Placemaking

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 April 24th, 2014|Design, Parks, Projects, Thoughts|

Fuzhou Pavilion during the moon festival at Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park, © J.A. Brennan Associates Good civic spaces provide communities with vital places for congregation and celebration and can augment, if not define, the spirit of a neighborhood and city. Part of the design process for public spaces involves pinpointing and expressing significant

Entiat Park Revitalization Update

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 April 8th, 2014|Design, News, Parks|

Entiat Park on the Columbia River is getting a big makeover by the Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD).  J.A. Brennan Associates is leading a multi-disciplinary design effort to update this well-loved and well-worn camping and day use waterfront park.  Built in the age of big lawns, rows of poplar trees, and motor-first recreation, the

Planting Design for Shoreline Environments

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 December 16th, 2013|Design, News, Parks|

by Mike Perfetti Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland, WA Working on the design of waterfront projects is both rewarding and challenging.  Waterfront projects present a special set of opportunities and challenges to designers and project proponents in achieving project goals and also ensuring that the project is improving the adjacent shoreline and aquatic environment.

Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas, Final Rule

By | 2018-03-22T20:27:22+00:00 November 27th, 2013|Design, News, Parks, Projects, Thoughts|

by Dan Shaw The ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas final rule went into effect on November 25. Anyone involved in outdoor accessibility issues in a federal setting will likely be affected by the final rule. Changes in materials need careful consideration, (Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland, WA) Several of us at the