Sunrise & Sunset Parks
CLIENT: Five Rivers MetroParks
LOCATION: Dayton, OH
SCOPE: Master Plan; Schematic Design
STATUS: Completed 2021
Human Nature led a multi-disciplinary team including the Office of James Burnett (OJB) and Stantec to create a cohesive overall vision that connects Dayton’s western riverfront and builds upon the names of Sunrise and Sunset as companion parks, while also providing unique features that make each side its own destination. The design would complete an urban core loop and engage with the river and Wolf Creek confluence using the proposed bridge, terracing, pathways, restoration, gardens, art, ecology, and nature education/recreation. The parks celebrate local culture and history as a linear gallery of public amenities while enhancing the river corridor ecology with strategies that increase habitat, specifically for birds, and improve water and air quality. The plan protects the intent of the Miami Conservancy District’s flood control measures while also allowing more vegetation and ecological benefits.