Parks + Playgrounds
Lee and Associates, Inc. (LAI), in collaboration with a myriad of agencies and consultants, worked over 10 years in production of this master plan. In 1999, LAI worked with DPR and the Office of Planning to establish a plan for the adapted re-use of the Kingman and Heritage Islands. Site analysis, environmental sampling coordination, and community outreach efforts with ward 6 and 7 residents helped produce a preferred master plan concept. It included the removal of invasive plants and rubble, enhancement of the native flora and fauna, an education nature center and playground space, large open meadow, and passive walking trails.
In 2002, LAI aided in the presentation and development of the Habitat Restoration. This involved major coordination with Army Corps of Engineers, DC Dept. of Health-Watershed Protection Division, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Following the events of September 11, LAI led the development of a commemoration effort with Dirtworks. Falling under the Living Memorials Project conceived by the US Forest Service, the 9/11 Memorial Grove celebrates nature, invites and rewards exploration, and promotes the creation and maintenance of a healthy environment. The design emphasizes the belief that nature can restore balance in our individual lives and within our communities.
In 2004, LAI teamed with Studios Architecture to produce the winning design for a Kingman and Heritage Island visitor center. The LEED Platinum designed visitor center is seamlessly integrated into the surrounding landscape. As access to this facility is imperative, the site features elevated boardwalks that guides visitors through native wetlands and nature trails that lead to a discovery playground and the other areas of the island. A roof garden, outdoor classrooms, and gray water collection water features were also used in the design.
In 2011, LAI worked with DMPED to provide Construction Documentation for the ongoing habitat restoration and passive recreation efforts of the islands. This included creating outdoor classrooms, trails, a community farm, bird observation deck, and wetland boardwalks.