The Atlanta BeltLine will connect 45 neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, modern streetcars, and parks where railroad corridors encircling Atlanta once existed. With added spur lines to connect underserved areas the total length will be almost 33 miles. The project has transformed the City of Atlanta, reimagining a sprawling city to one of interconnected walkable neighborhoods, hiking and cycling trails, habitat restoration, parks and open space, and public transit.
Pier 97 Hudson River Park (New York, NY)
Manhattan’s Hudson River Park corridor is approximately 4-miles-long from the northern border of Battery Park City to West 59th Street. The goal of !melk’s Pier 97 design is to have a fully utilized and activated “pier park” that is a popular and memorable community destination while fully integrating with the completed park sections of the Hudson Riverfront corridor. !melk’s design encourages user circulation through carefully considered routes, providing a variety of views within the landscape and delivering park users to specific activities, programs, and one-of-a-kind public space amenities.
LA River Masterplan (2020)
The 2020 LA River Masterplan reimagines its 51-mile length from Canoga Park in the City of Los Angeles to Long Beach where it meets the Pacific Ocean. It encompasses over 2,300 acres of primarily privately owned land and connects to neighborhoods, commercial nodes, and areas of entertainment. Similar to the Verdugo Wash, the Los Angeles River was channelized in the 1930s to control stormwater and prevent flooding. The plan provides a thoughtful, data based, and grand scale vision to transform the LA River into a living and activated corridor for the public, wildlife and nature. Its direct relationship and connection to the Verdugo Wash will serve as an inspiration.
Cherry Creek Trail
Cherry Creek Trail in Denver, is a multi-modal path that runs from downtown Denver’s Confluence Park to Cherry Creek Reservoir south of Denver. The concrete trail passes by multiple parks and attractions and has been a catalyst to creating new neighborhoods as well as providing amenities to Denver. The trail incorporates natural habitat, as well as improved corridors for cyclists and pedestrians and has become a primary amenity and attraction for the city.
High Line Park
Built in the 1930s and last used as a railroad in 1980, the High Line was a little known and long abandoned stretch of elevated track that spanned Manhattan’s meatpacking district. Inspired by the wild beauty of the derelict line, the area was reimagined into a route for leisure, life and growth. Two structures pushed this concept even further – the Flyover, an elevated steel walkway engineered to appear to float above the main path, and the Cutout, a steel mesh deck providing views through the original rail structure and to 30th Street below. Many of the original steel rails were restored for reuse in the new designs, reducing the cost and environmental impact of the project.