130 acres, 53 hectares
Architecture, Engineering, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Programming, Urban Planning and Design
Award of Excellence
bio-retention, civil engineering, coastal engineering, constructed wetlands, ecological restoration, efficient lighting, environmental science, green design, green infrastructure, habitat restoration, harbor, landscape architecture, landscape for stormwater control, marina, park, passive solar, planning, public outreach, recreation, restorative landscape, riverfront, shoreline stabilization, stormwater management, sustainability, sustainable design, urban design, walkable community, waterfront
Seasonal flooding of the Red and Cumberland Rivers had long prevented Clarksville from realizing the potential of its riverfront. SmithGroupJJR addressed this problem head on while helping the city find a solution for new marina development. The resulting design transformed Clarksville's waterfront into a regional recreational destination and beloved community asset.
Liberty Park and Marina are a testament to the benefits of SmithGroupJJR's interdisciplinary approach. The park and marina were carefully engineered to withstand flooding. After excavating 880,000 cubic yards of material from the marina basin—enough to fill Titan Stadium—the material was used to resculpt the old, underdeveloped parkland and elevate select portions of the site, creating new development plots outside the floodplain.
In addition to the marina, the new park features a boat launch, athletic fields, beautifully detailed park structures and event pavilions, an outdoor amphitheater, and a trail system. Its fishing pond—a local favorite—is designed to provide recreation, wetland mitigation, stormwater management, and native landscape and habitat restoration.
8 Keys to Urban Ecological Design
Article on eight approaches leading to more successful ecological design solutions.