At The Greenline, Dunaway’s Planning+Landscape Architecture team converted an abandoned golf course at Brooks City Base into an urban park. Through the incorporation of detention ponds and park-like features such as pavilions and trails, our PLA team transformed the deserted grounds into a natural green space, resulting in a 2020 Merit award by Texas ASLA.
At the park, trailheads provide access points for multi-family residences and visitors and contain trail maps, rest areas, and signage for simple navigation. Nodes along the trails showcase local artists’ work and provide interest and educational opportunities, while pavilions and a small amphitheater located along the trail feature areas for small gatherings and picnics, in addition to large expanses of green space that provide open play areas for residents and visitors.
In addition to the aesthetic changes, the team considered how they could lower the cost of maintenance to the grounds. Our team achieved this by using native grasses and wildflowers – both of which are plants that require little to no maintenance and take care of themselves. The result of this natural design is a space that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but one that is financially considerate and reduces the cost of upkeep. Bio-Swales, retention ponds, and stormwater wetlands are just a few of the Low Impact Development (LID) practices integrated into the park. The collection of runoff into these features provides irrigation for the native plant community and filters water before infiltration into the water table, reducing runoff into the stormwater system.
Recognized with 2020 Merit Award by Texas ASLA
Location:San Antonio, Texas
Client:Beaty Palmer Architects
Services:Planning + Landscape Architecture