2014 Awards

Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication

Honor Award

Iron Horse
Dublin, CA
SWA Group
Principal in Charge: René Bihan
Project Manager: Justin Winters
Landscape Designers: Ashley Langworthy, Chris Hardy
Client: City of Dublin

Dublin's unique park resource.
Park Plan South.
Park Plan Central
Park Plan North.
Mosaic ecology.
Community outreach.
Site analysis.
Regional analysis.
Regional analysis.
Transforming a utility corridor into an ecologically and programmatically diverse public space.

Generated through a rigorous community-integrated design approach, the Iron Horse Nature Park and Open Space Master Plan transforms a neglected utility corridor into an ecologically, culturally and programmatically diverse public space for the City of Dublin. The mile-long park will replace a defunct railroad yard adjacent to the Iron Horse Regional Trail (an existing 33-mile rails-to-trails pathway). Currently littered with industrial remnants and invasive plant colonies, the fenced-off site divides two residential neighborhoods and limits access to public amenities such as the high school. While Dublin boasts many acres of parks for residents, most of these are highly manicured, developed, and resource heavy. Iron Horse Park will fill a unique role in Dublin by showcasing history and ecology to re-establish the heart of the community. The restoration of wetlands, riparian forest, meadow and new connectivity will serve as a regional demonstration of the ecological diversity that once enveloped Amador Valley.