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First Creek Nature Play Park Ecological Design

Denver, CO

Great Ecology provided ecological design support to the project team for the redesign of a reach of First Creek into a six acre nature play themed park, the first of its kind in Denver. Our team developed a planting plan that is conducive to exploration and imagination while still being resilient and low maintenance considering over half of the park sits within the floodplain. We coordinated with project geomorphologists, landscape architects, and engineers to develop a design that functions within the context of the landscape and engages park users in a way that enlivens the senses and encourages out-of-the-box thinking.
From strategically placed rocks for hopping to shallow streams for wading, nature play features help bring children and adults closer to nature in a fun and sustainable way.
Great Ecology also provided construction oversight and led the post-construction adaptive management program to ensure the ecological goals of the project were met. This included invasive species management and wetland mitigation establishment.

Combining Nature & Play

Oversight & Monitoring for Success