Trends in Community Park Landscape Design and Planning

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The job of landscape architects and urban planners is to help cities and developers design parks that balance the best use of space with the diverse needs of the local community. 

The recently opened Mary Elizabeth Branch Park (Branch Park) in the Mueller community, a mixed-income, mixed-use urban village located in Austin, Texas, is a testament to that delicate balancing act. The 3.5-acre park was designed to accommodate the various recreation needs of a multi-generational community. Opened in May 2019, Branch Park features a creative children’s playground, a dog run, a sand volleyball court, an interactive waterscape, and lawn space and shady areas for picnics.

There are five trends landscape architects and designers are seeing across the United States that contributed to the final design of Branch Park.

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