For Immediate Release: Dec. 17, 2009
Contact: Kim Becker
City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department
City of Henderson Earns Landscape Architecture Honors
HENDERSON, Nev. --The City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department was recognized at the Nevada Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects (NASLA) 2009 Landscape Architecture Awards. An awards reception was held in early December.
The NASLA Landscape Architecture Awards program promotes professional excellence in Nevada and provides public awareness of the aesthetic and environmental benefits of the built landscape through superior skill in landscape architecture. Entrants include contractors, municipalities, engineering firms, landscape architects and more.
The City of Henderson earned Honor Awards—the top awards—in the Landscape Planning and Analysis category for the UPRR Trail, and in the Landscape Architectural Design-Parks and Trail—Unbuilt category for Lake Mead Trail. In the Parks and Trails category, the City’s Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve earned a Merit Award.
The UPRR Trail project uses an existing railroad corridor to promote a shared use space. It is an urban trail that will connect multiple trail systems managed by several municipalities. Lake Mead Trail will be a landmark trail that provides direct connections to transit and trail systems. The 5.69-acre Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve provides educational opportunities, access to open space through a trail network, and protects an environmentally sensitive area.
Judging consisted of a peer review by out-of-market professionals. Criteria included: innovative design, originality, and creativity; consistent and complete expression of concept; sensitivity to cultural, historical, physical and natural context; and suitability of plant material.