Groundwork Studio participated as a local Resource Team Member for the Project for Public Spaces Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design workshop and master plan development for the Gallinas River Park in Las Vegas, NM. We assisted with leadership of community workshop activities and design development of the park master plan in direct response to community input. The three day workshop included walking tours, model-building and visioning activities, community-led symposium, prioritization planning, and a ‘design blitz’ to create a comprehensive conceptual plan for the entire river park.
The final design breaks the park into four phased areas, named by community members, each with their own distinct character and purpose: La Merced, El Ejido, La Resolana, and La Bienvenida. The names and programming for each area emerged from environmental and cultural characteristics and desires for each place. As the boundary that has historically separated the City of Las Vegas, the development of the Gallinas River Park brings an opportunity to not only improve ecological and community health, but also the chance to build important social connections and common ground. The plans were not only well received, but celebrated by the community.
After the workshop concluded, Groundwork Studio assisted HPWA in the development of phased project scoping, fees and construction cost estimations, an effort that was instrumental in helping the City of Las Vegas obtain state capital outlay funding for Phase I construction documents. Additionally, we helped the Gallinas River Park Collaborative in the implementation of a community-painted 3D floating crosswalk on Prince St. We are very excited to begin work on Phase I, for the section of the trail between Mills Ave. and Prince St in 2020!