Utah Chapter American Planning Association
Excellence in Planning (1998)
Utah Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Honor Award (2000)
Landmark Design, in collaboration with a team of engineers and an artist, helped bring City Creek back to the surface after decades being piped beneath the City. This was the first “daylighting” of a buried waterways in the region, which has since grown into a movement that envisions returning the water back to the surface for the each of the seven Wasatch waterways flowing into the Salt Lake Valley - City Creek, Red Butte, Emigration, Parley’s, Millcreek, Big Cottonwood and Little Cottonwood. The project encompasses City Creek south from Memory Grove to the corner of State Street and North Temple in the heart of Salt Lake City, where it terminates as a park that celebrates the creek environment and the re-establishment of the creek as a integral element of the downtown area.
The design incorporates native and adapted plant materials, embracing the natural environment of nearby City Creek Canyon. A connection with the rich history of the area is provided through the use of sandstone, river rock and other pioneer-era building materials and structural elements throughout the project, in addition to various art elements.
Landmark Design’s specific responsibilities included urban design, landscape architecture and irrigation design. The project required close coordination with the public, including several meetings with neighborhood residents, community councils and city agencies.