Design for a new 8-acre park challenged Knot principals to incorporate local agencies’ complex program elements with public input, resulting in an award-winning park that includes multiple uses.
In a region where clean water is a proud legacy, the Ridgewood View Park & Reservoir was the first project in Oregon to receive the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Gold Envision rating for its sustainable design and construction. Knot principals worked closely with Tualatin Valley Water District and the Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District to develop a program for the 8-acre park. The project challenged Knot principals to incorporate a series of uses in an elegant response to the clients’ and the public’s desires for a park that will host visitors of all ages. The design includes a picnic shelter, rain gardens, a trail loop through a restored natural area, two bridges, a restroom, drinking fountains, bocce court and seating areas. The project also included construction of a new drinking water reservoir and pump station.
Through an extensive public-input process, Knot principals participated in a series of public meetings to refine their approach. The public spoke and the team listened. An extensive series of rain gardens was designed to manage all runoff from impervious surfaces, including the large roof of the reservoir tank. The rain gardens descend from the roof of the tank through a series of concrete and Gabon ramps and connect with an at-grade system of gardens circling the site. In addition, four acres of degraded natural area were restored and a new trail loop constructed. Two bridges were installed to bring visitors through the natural area and along the bank of a stream.
Atop the reservoir, Knot principals designed new tennis and pickleball courts—demonstrating the most innovative approach to delivering multiple functions for public use, while also meeting state and federal requirements for clean storage of reservoir water. Weaving a multitude of public uses into a complex, sustainable-design program, Knot demonstrated that a reservoir and park can be extremely functional while also beautiful.
*Project began while Knot Principals were working at another firm