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Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects
York, Pennsylvania

YSM is a small four-person landscape architecture firm, founded in 1999 in York, Pa., specializing in park and recreation design and planning. Their unique focus results in thoughtful, creative and cost-effective solutions that maximize the potential of each site to serve the community. YSM stresses the art of park design to create unique environments that encourage users to spend time in pursuit of healthful, enjoyable recreation activities and foster the imagination of children. Each YSM project receives the collaborative insights of the principals as well as their practical, proven experience. The firm provides innovative park and recreation and landscape architectural design and planning services to municipalities, counties, non-profit organizations, private clients and design professionals.



Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Cedar Creek Parkway, Allentown, Pa.
The City of Allentown contracted with YSM to master plan the city's treasured Cedar Creek Parkway. The 109-acre park, located in the outskirts of the downtown area, is a natural buffer to the high quality Cedar Creek that traverses the park. The master plan guided a phase I improvement plan which renovated the Historic Rose Garden area and established a new destination playground. The playground, nestled within mature vegetation, was strategically placed near the park's active hub. The playground is designed to accommodate children with special needs. The playground area is equipped with a new restroom and family changing room as well as a picnic pavilion fulfilling a need in the city's east side community. Improvements to the rose garden included a series of accessible pathways through the gardens and a stone arbor creating an attractive setting for weddings and photography. The walkways unified the garden areas and connect to the parks trail network.




Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Yost Strodski Mears (YSM) Landscape Architects

Springettsbury Township Park Playground, York County, Pa.
The master plan, completed by YSM in 1998, set the vision to renovate and unify an existing community park to create a recreation destination with amenities and features for the entire community. YSM was the prime consultant for the first two development phases and provided design, bidding and construction phase services. This third phase of construction replaced the park's only playground area. The new playground built upon the previous "castle" theme. Circular stone seat walls and curbing were used to define use areas reflecting castle turrets. Colorful safety surfacing suggests water lapping against castle walls. Playground structures, pavement design and site amenities all played on the medieval theme.




As seen in LASN magazine, October 2018.



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