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Project: Memory Grove Reconstruction

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Landmark Design was hired by Salt Lake City to plan, renovate and reconstruct Memory Grove, a treasured open space that was severely damaged by a 1999 tornado. As one of the oldest and most treasured parks in region, the project focused on re-establishing the park to its previous glory, merging its trademark ‘Traditional Park” characteristics with new upgrades to create a more sustainable and environmentally responsive park in the process.

In addition to planting several hundred new trees and repairing sidewalks and other features damaged by the tornado, the design introduces three new plazas, reconstructs historic steps on the west hillside leading to the State Capitol Building, repairs damaged memorial features, and introduces water-saving planting materials and demonstration areas throughout the site. The water-conserving design approach drove much of the design, as demonstrated by the west hillside which was previously a thirsty, steep and difficult to manage lawn. The hillside and large segments of the remaining park were converted into water-conserving demonstration gardens which were eventually complemented with interpretive signs to help educate the public about the possibilities of drought-tolerant plant materials and design.

Other elements of the project include the removal of trees damaged by the tornado, stabilization of eroded and denuded steep slopes surrounding the park, introduction of coordinated systems of lighting and park furnishings, incorporation of Braille plant identification signs as part of a multi-sensory garden, development of a connected and fully-accessible system of walking paths, and re-establishment of a double allée of Sugar Maples along both sides of the Canyon Road, which serves as the entrance forecourt into the park. Construction was completed in November 2002.


Utah Heritage Foundation
Heritage Project Award (2003)

Utah Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
Merit Award (2005)

See Project Categories:
Park Design & Implementation
Wayfinding & Interpretive Signage

Project type:
  • landscape architecture
  • wayfinding
  • parks

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