Works / Parks – Community Engelman Park / Wilsonville, Oregon

engelman_smallLittle_Henry_smallengelman_stream_smallengelmanparkLocated in a high-density, low-income neighborhood in Wilsonville, Oregon Engelman Park is a nature-themed park whose design inspiration is a derivative of the commanding trees planted by the Engelman family in the 1960’s. Along with the preservation of the urban tree canopy, the design relies on vast native planting areas and an understory of forest duff, as well as nature-based playgrounds to give the sense and feel of a wild, natural environment amidst a developed neighborhood setting. The park’s design represents a wilder, natural environment with an aesthetic that enables park users to feel as if they have left the City without going far from home.  Sustainable features incorporated into the design include the preservation of the urban tree canopy, use of local stone sourced from an adjacent construction site, on-site disposal of all stormwater, native plantings, water-efficient irrigation design, reuse of existing concrete picnic tables, use of recycled content in site furnishings.