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Appleton, Williams Receive WI-ASLA Honor Award for Ellen Kort Peace Park

Posted on 03/13/2018 2:59 PM

The Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (WI-ASLA) presented its 2018 Honor Award for Analysis and Planning to the City of Appleton and MSA Senior Landscape Architect Dan Williams, PLA, ASLA, AHLP, for the Master Plan for Ellen Kort Peace Park. The award was presented at the WI-ASLA Annual Spring Conference in Madison.
The Project
Over time, the Fox River Valley, historically known as Paper Valley, has replaced paper mills with City utilities. Today, the community is transforming a deserted seven-acre industrial space into a beautiful park dedicated to Ellen Kort, Wisconsin’s first Poet Laureate. Williams’ leadership guided the effort with the City of Appleton and a park stakeholder group, which included Ellen’s family, through a Master Plan effort culminating with public and council presentations.
“What makes the design of Ellen Kort Peace Park unique is the spaces created by the forms of the walkways, topography, gardens and features,” said Williams. “The City, family and friends wished to have a park that honored Ellen as a space, not a memorial. These park spaces represent Ellen’s favorite forms and landscapes that were often described in her writings.”

The Master Plan includes ADA accessible trails; a shelter with repurposed tree post; a gentle shoreline slope to the Fox River; circle gathering lawns for weddings, kite flying and craft/food markets; a Peace Ring for outdoor meetings/readings; a Poet’s Garden with native perennial plantings and contemplative spaces; and a trailhead facility with integrated stormwater basin and a Quilt Garden based forms described in one of Ellen’s books Wisconsin Quilts.

The City has already begun to utilize the Master Plan to submit for funding of the implementation phase of the Park. The Plan has been instrumental in creating interest in donor and other funding opportunities.

“The ultimate success of the Master Plan is honoring Ellen Kort through nature, her love for the City of Appleton and Wisconsin,” said Williams.
More Information
For more information, contact Dan Williams, PLA, ASLA, AHLP. 

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