LOCATION: Wimberley, Texas
TYPE: Park Renovation
SIZE: 126 acres
YEAR COMPLETED: 2011-2012
PROJECT ARCHITECTS: Design Workshop, Inc.
PROJECT partners: Taniguchi & Associates, T.F. Harper and Associates, Regenerative Environmental Design, PBS&J, GreenPlay, MJ Structures, James Pole, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, FEULS Inc., Walter P. Moore and Moon Design
“It achieves the difficult and delicate balance of ecological restoration combined with active use. It is a challenge because environmentally sensitive sites can be easily degraded by public access, and particularly active recreation, but in this case the balance was achieved for both the benefit of the site as well as users. The types of active recreation that have been embedded into the plan are appropriate for the site and enable the visitor to engage with nature, again, in a way that protects the fragile aspects while stimulating the user,” said Signe Nielsen.
In 2003, the city, county, and community embarked on a mission to save Blue Hole from encroaching development, and the years of unmanaged recreational activities that had damaged the site and ecosystem. In order to reverse the historical environmental degradation of the Park, and to accommodate its large number of annual visitors, the design team sought to include a variety of active recreation options while also achieving SITES Certification. The Active Design strategies included in Blue Hole were a direct result of community crafted goals that informed the park design.
Active Design Highlights
Blue Hole Regional Park site plan.