Matthew Whipple DHM Principal | NRPA

Ralston Central Park | CO

Working closely with a team of civil engineers, transportation planners and Arvada City officials, the Ralston Park master plan addressed design challenges such the removal of existing facilities, extensive grading to improve floodplain limits for adjacent neighborhoods, preservation of existing trees and integration with adjacent neighborhoods.

Eastern Fremont County Trails, Open Space & River Corridor | CO

Matthew worked with officials and the public to create the Eastern Fremont County Trails, Open Space, & River Corridor Master Plan that covers 100 square miles along the Arkansas River Corridor. The plan includes specific feasible alignments for trails, identifies open spaces for conservation, identifies opportunities and constraints within the study area, provides cost estimates, and suggests phasing suitable for raising funds and support for future implementation. It is intended to guide, step-by-step, the creation of a trail and “greenway” network along the 16-mile river corridor between the Royal Gorge and the Blue Heron Park, just east of the City of Florence along with connections and a network of trails through the open spaces and developed areas of Eastern Fremont County.

Open Space Conservation

River Enhancements & Recreation

“What most impressed me was the thorough and thoughtful way that Matthew and the DHM Team worked with our the community and staff to study and communicate the critical issues on each project in a way visitors could easily understand and appreciate.”

-Tony Jaramillo City of Commerce City

DPS Learning Landscapes | CO

Learning Landscapes is a forward-thinking program adopted by the Denver Public School System that turns typical elementary school playgrounds into participatory areas where children apply classroom concepts to lunchtime play. Matthew worked with Denver Public Schools and students at the University of Colorado at Denver to renovate playgrounds at multiple Elementary Schools. At each school we worked to make ADA accessible play areas, community gardens, gateway features and playground activities that reinforce a sense of pride and ownership in the community.

Britton Park | CO

Britton Park is a 7 acre neighborhood park on a unique historic site in Arvada, Colorado that was home to the first African American Farmer in the area and remained an agricultural site until recently. Working with a variety of consultants and agencies, Matthew led the design team to create a park to reflect on the rich agricultural history of the site while providing a park that provides a variety of modern-day amenities. The park contains two shelters, a large playground that incorporates the overall agricultural theme, a multi-purpose sports court, concrete loop walkways, multiple seating areas, pedestrian lighting, site furnishings, horseshoe pits and landscaping to enhance the color and texture of the space.

Fort Missoula Regional Park | MT

Matthew was part of the design and planning team that created a 140 acre master plan for Fort Missoula Regional Park in Montana. This plan was used to gain consensus among all stakeholders, to develop accurate cost estimates for bonding and to develop desired phasing options. DHM Design was tasked to further this master plan into the design development documents. Fort Missoula Regional Park theming was inspired by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) era with its architecture. The park also includes the design of multiple championship soccer fields, rugby, a championship softball field facility, multi-use sports fields, multiple picnic facilities, playgrounds, off-leash dog park and an intricate trail system winding itself through the entire site. The Fort Missoula Regional Park has been nominated as a historical site.

“Matthew and the DHM team are diligent and thorough about shepherding projects across the finish line. They are timely in providing what materials they say they will provide and often go the extra mile to provide clients with concepts, information, and advance work of all kinds, to help bring projects to reality.”

Donna Gaukler, Director, City of Missoula

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