Winner of 2009 Merit Award for Analysis and Planning from the PA-DE Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
Finalist for 2016 Excellence in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Award from the Sustainable Business Network of Philadelphia
The Township of Lower Merion purchased a 1-acre parking lot in Ardmore PA and commissioned SALT DESIGN STUDIO to design a new community park. Through a community driven process, a design emerged that knits the park to the native hydrology, topography, and native habitats of the Cobbs Creek and Indian Creek watersheds. Linwood Park reintroduces the former ridgeline between two watersheds, creating a playful and bold landform. The edge of the landform features a colorful, low curving wall which undulates across the site, its surface contracting and expanding along the way, providing seating, a stage or a walkway. The landform directs stormwater, creates flexible, unprogrammed rooms for recreation and relaxation, and changes the visual perception of the space.
An abundance of new canopy and understory trees, shrubs and perennials create a multi-layered, native woodland while a rich and varied groundlayer enliven the lowland habitat and the existing mature Red Oaks. Together, the landforms and plant communities foster a diversity of native wildlife, making this park a critical contribution to the broader network of green space within the Township and the region.
Collaborators: Studio Gaea, Yerkes Associates