Lowry Park and Westerly Creek Design
The Great Lawn is the jewel of the community parks in the Lowry development in east Denver. This 52-acre park has expansive views to the front range mountains, a graceful new creek channel for Westerly Creek with ponds and wetlands, and a huge grassy meadow for events, sports, and passive enjoyment. With its overlook plaza, large playground, and multiple picnic areas, and monumental sundial at the terminus to 6th Avenue, the park has become an important community gathering place for the Lowry area. In addition, the park has beautiful natural areas and walking paths, providing over three miles of trails for strolling, jogging, and biking. Abundant wildlife frequent the ponds and wetlands, which were designed to provide regional water quality for the surrounding development. While now a bucolic and peaceful place, the design team had to accommodate numerous constraints and environmental issues dating back to the site’s history as an Air Force base, the largest of which was groundwater pollution. Adapting the design in coordination with environmental cleanup engineers, the team was able to keep the design intact while accommodating necessary remediation components. Special elements featured at the park include a series of ponds and wetlands that create habitat and water quality, and a 90′ sundial gnomon designed by Stream in collaboration with the fabricator.
Stream principals led the management, design and implementation phase of this project while working at Wenk Associates and since the park’s opening, Stream has been retained for additional design and planning services at the Great Lawn Park, and other Lowry parks.