City of Clive, Iowa
The City of Clive places value on providing open space opportunities for its citizens and visitors. The site for Canary Park resides within a growing neighborhood, is adjacent to the city’s trail network, and presents tremendous opportunities for innovative stormwater management practices.
As Clive’s first neighborhood park project in 10 years, Bolton & Menk wanted to learn from residents what type of experience they wanted in a park. We crafted conceptual alternatives for the park site plan based on resident input. As this site plays a critical role in regional stormwater management, we walked residents and participants through the process of how hydrology affects the site, how it collects runoff from neighboring properties, and how it can create aesthetically pleasing amenities within the park that serve an important ecological function.
The resulting site plan incorporates the desired recreational amenities of future park users, responds to concerns over aesthetics and visual quality, and seamlessly incorporates sustainable stormwater management solutions. Locations for educational and storytelling signage are planned into the site and trail experience, which expand the recreational opportunities beyond the playground amenities.