The splash pad at this popular park evokes a natural look rather than an artificial environment as in most splash pads. The barn in the background can be rented for birthday parties and other celebrations.
The venue offers a waterfall area near the concession/restroom building. Two state-of-the-art water treatment systems keep the recycled water clean and safe.
Large boulders are located throughout the splash pad that was designed to resemble a natural creek. Restrooms and picnic tables (background) are available on site.
This was the largest splash pad that SRA/PSC has designed, with three wet play sequence zones and 66 water sprays. The river flow areas utilize a PolySoft surfacing. The popular picnic area was protected from heavy usage through synthetic turf.
Everything in the park reflects the heritage of a venerable western ranch on top of the hill with a stream bed running through. The pavilion overlooks the Grand Lawn.
“In terms of park development, it was the largest project the City of Highland Village had ever done.” – Victor Baxter, R.L.A., Landscape Architect | Sector Director
The trees that invite youngsters to climb on their many boughs were treasured by the community and were saved in the development of the park.
A path ascends through the butterfly garden near the pavilion. All of the plants are low-water native plants selected specifically to encourage butterflies. Rain gutters collect water and replenish the garden.
The pavilion is not only a huge draw for nighttime events, but it is also favorite spot to catch some sun on the weekends.
All landscaping was selected for durability and low water demand. This area buffers the parking lot from the Doubletree Ranch Barn.
Other sustainable designs included creating a series of landscaped biofilters for rainfall runoff from the parking lots. They work to reduce pollutants from the parking lot before the water is released into the storm drainage pond.
“All of the site the drainage goes into a 4-acre pond. Since people fish in that pond, we used this innovative filtration system to ensure that we didn’t pollute the pond.” – Larry Stone, P.E., RPLS with SRA/PSC
The original driveway was lined with tall pines and crepe myrtles, but too narrow for two-way driving, so the team utilized the tree-covered drive as a walking trail and relocated the driveway.
A mix of wood, stone and metal interplay in the design of the barn. All windows and doors are operable so the barn can be opened up in warmer months.
The nearby pond also serves as water supply for the irrigation system, which saves the City of Highland Village money and reduces demand on the city’s infrastructure.