The city of Dallas has announced plans to build the biggest urban park in America – the Trinity River Part – that is set to span an amazing 10,000 acres of forests, playgrounds, lawns, riverside trails and endless marvelous sights.
Aside from people being able to have peacefull walks along the Trinity River, the Trinity River Park will also feature a myriad of sport fields, flora and fauna, walkways and endless green and pleasant views.
As it is part of a flood zone, the architect Michael Van Valkenburgh from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc has found a solution how to deal with flooding.
If floods occur, the park will naturally flood only in controlled areas and the water will drain into sloped courses that will be designed in such a way that they will absorb the water, thus eliminating all danger to the surrounding areas.
“To transform the Trinity Floodway into a world-class park and a catalyst for urban growth, MVVA placed two core concepts at the center of its design: civic spaces and naturalistic landscapes. Civic spaces, such as playgrounds, fountains, plazas and lawns, are located to provide a connection between the city and the floodplain, protect programmatic areas from extreme flooding, and bring a sense of identity to the dry side of the city’s levees. Riparian landscapes, on the other hand, will restore the ecological function and natural beauty of the channel and its banks while also reducing the vulnerability of pathways and other important design elements,” it says on the official project page.
This is how it will look once it is completed.