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Olsson Associates

Olsson Associates employs more than 600 staff members, including 27 principals, 11 registered landscape architects, 6 planners, 183 professional engineers, 48 registered land surveyors and a support staff with broad experience in all phases of design and construction. Since 1956, Olsson has created comprehensive plans for all levels of government, including downtown revitalization projects and new urbanism developments, as well as open-space designs for national and community parks, recreation areas, neighborhoods and mixed-use developments. Sustainable design is at the heart of these projects, respecting the complex interrelationships between the built environment and natural resources.

Rio Vista Community Park, Peoria, Ariz.

Situated in a prominent area in central Peoria between the Agua Fria Freeway and the New River Channel, the 52-acre Rio Vista Park boasts a wide range of amenities: a five-plex softball area, a soccer field complex, a recreational center with a gymnasium, a skate park, multi-use trails, a playground and tot lot, picnicking areas, an urban lake and ramadas for shade with benches and drinking fountains. The park earned the Nickelodeon's Parents' Picks Award for best Phoenix-Area Playground or Park. Key design challenges included meeting intense sports field demands; providing appropriate buffering between the park and adjacent neighborhoods; developing a new park entry and main access road next to New River; addressing traffic issues; coordinating improvements with the flood control district; and lighting up the sports fields without affecting park neighbors or the freeway.

Maricopa County Strategic System Master Plan, Maricopa County, Ariz.

Extensive growth in recent years prompted Maricopa County to update its parks system master plan. The county is one of the largest in the United States, and its park system, which dates back to 1954, has 10 regional parks encompassing more than 150,000 acres of urban, suburban and rural land. The system is still growing, as the county has acquired land for a trails system and new Arizona Preserve Initiative lands. The system's master plan, however, had not been seriously updated since 1965. Olsson Associates assisted PROS Consulting in preparing the park system master plan to guide decisions for future development and management of the county's parks, recreation, and open spaces. The team set out to provide a blueprint that would create an appropriate park system structure, and adopt policies to guide county leaders in meeting the needs of the county's population for the next 50 years. The plan provides clear direction for updating individual regional parks in the system, and has realistic implementation strategies that acknowledge the unique characteristics of individual parks.

Papago Park Regional Master Plan, Tempe, Phoenix & Scottsdale

Papago Park is nestled at the intersection of the municipal boundaries of Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale. Within the park's 2,000 acres is recreational open space and a wide variety of privately owned and leased facilities that serve myriad users. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, along with the cities of Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale selected Olsson Associates to develop a long-range vision for the future development and management of the park. The resulting framework of the regional master plan was designed to address the delicate desert environment, cultural and biological resources and the public's enjoyment of the park.

West Area Regional Facility, Glendale, Ariz.

The 88-acre Glendale West Area Regional Facility in south Glendale is a regional park designed to accommodate diverse community and recreational needs. A master plan was developed to provide a campus setting that will be home to multiple major municipal facilities, including a public safety building, library, community center and aquatics complex. The park is being developed in phases, and completed segments thus far include the public safety building, a mega ramada complex, skate park, vehicular and pedestrian circulation and parking.

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