The planning and design
challenge for the Fall Creek Place Trail involved blending historic
guidelines with current standards for municipal greenway trails. The
original historic Fall Creek Trail was designed by renowned landscape
architect George Kessler. Kevin K. Parsons & Associates reconstructed
the Fall Creek Place trail based on the original footprint of the Kessler
Trail through research and field study.
Similar to the original Kessler trail, a set of concrete
steps were built in line with Talbot Street for direct neighborhood
access. Over 1200 lineal feet of recycled limestone curbing, salvaged
from the Fall Creek Place Neighborhood project, were included into the
design as a trail curb edge. Native species of trees, shrubs and perennials
were selected for the plantings. A new concrete surface trail and a
timber boardwalk were designed to current ADA accessibility standards.
The boardwalk, located within the floodway under the Delaware Street
Bridge, was constructed to eliminate the need for an at grade crosswalk.
In addition, the close proximity of the boardwalk to
Fall Creek offers an intimate creek side experience. Since construction,
the boardwalk has been able to withstand several major floods, including
two over the 100 year flood mark. A modular concrete unit retaining
wall system was also incorporated along some of the steeper banks for
stability and safety. The Fall Creek Place Trail not only serves as
a community linear park, but it is also an important segment of the
citywide greenway system. This project utilized ‘smart growth’,
‘green’, and sustainable design practices.