Project Description

Pine River Library Park

Groundwork Studio worked with the Pine River Library and the Town of Bayfield to design-build a new park that will serve as a multi-generational community center. Initiated in response to middle school students overusing the library grounds after school, the project was funded through GOCO and CHF grants as well as contributions from the Library, Town and the Southern Ute Tribe. The final design was based on a preliminary design provided by the University of Colorado Denver and incorporated additional input from the community, library and town.

Our team engaged the community by presenting a 3D physical model, presentation boards with play equipment and design feature options and interviews with key stakeholders. At the end, the community had the opportunity to vote on their favorite concept. Groundwork Studio also held a Pop-Up Playground as a joint event to celebrate the groundbreaking and garner feedback on the Bayfield Parks, Open Space, Trails and Recreation Master Plan. The final design maximizes the value of a relatively small space through unique features and amenities.

This project demonstrates our ability to take a basic concept and develop it into a constructable project that truly addresses stakeholder and community needs. The park serves the broader Bayfield community with play equipment for ages 2-12, a loop trail for mothers with strollers and dog walkers and multi-use courts with four-square, pickleball and basketball.

“Thank you to Groundwork Studio for making the Pine River Library Park one of the most highly used public spaces I’ve ever seen!” 

– Shelley Walchak, Pine River Library Director, Bayfield CO


Bayfield, CO


Town of Bayfield, CO / Pine River Library

Year Completed



Landscape Architecture: Site, Planting, Irrigation Design

Creative Placemaking: Pop Up Events, Hands On Engagement

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