Site Design Framework
To ensure ecological connectivity and continuity along with the experience of a large landscape mosaic, the more active recreation areas were strategically distributed and embedded into the green matrix.
The goal of maintaining and enhancing the urban wilderness character of the site was the determining factor that led to the designation of seventy five percent of the Park for landscape preservation and restoration and twenty five percent of the acreage for programmed park uses.
The native landscape patches are restored with specific and creative restoration techniques to cultivate a rich plant and wildlife habitat that will increase in diversity over time. The ecological connection to Salado Creek is critical as a wildlife corridor and for Phil Hardberger Park’s role in the larger park system. As a living laboratory, scientific innovation and attention is placed on how these habitats differ from other a natural areas and function uniquely in an urban context.
With passive recreation woven throughout the larger native landscape mosaic, the other portion of the Park is designated for active program uses. The outdoor rooms are articulated with strong geometric form with the intention that this clear delineation will maintain the proportion prescribed by the Master Plan. These carefully crafted spaces host a variety of activities, ones that could change over time, but always with caution to their impact on the surrounding native landscape patches.
Programmed Park Uses – 78 acres (25% of 311 acres)
Landscape Preservation and Restoration – 233 acres (75% of 311 acres)