Confluent Design assists public land managers in providing thoughtful, sensitive public access to parks and open space lands that are cherished for their natural and cultural resources. We provide enduring, smart project solutions built on a foundation of collaboration and community values. We define success both by the products of our work and the relationships we build.
We develop enduring, sustainable design solutions that celebrate each community's unique local heritage - its environment, its culture. We achieve success through development of partnerships with our clients and their communities, embracing their diverse knowledge, experience and aspirations.
Jim Hamm District Park
Renovation of the Jim Hamm Pond and Nature Area was successfully completed in the fall of 2014, with a re-opening ceremony held on November 6th. American Legion Post 32 provided a color guard and three-volley salute to honor the fallen in war. The park was donated by the Hamm family in 1974 in memory of U.S. Air Force Captain Hamm, MIA, and all St. Vrain Valley citizens who served in the Vietnam War. The City of Longmont retained the services of Confluent Design to lead a multidisciplinary team to expand the park’s trail system and parking capacity, restore wildlife habitat, develop interpretive signs, and design architectural features such as a bird blind and unique interpretive pergola.
2014 COSA Conference
In September, Confluent Design presented two sessions at the 2014 Colorado Open Space Alliance conference in Vail. Kevin Lyles presented a session on the ABC's of RFPs while Jason Himick presented on Master Planning for Trails. Both sessions were filled to capacity and well received by the conference attendees. Confluent Design was proud to be a conference sponsor.
National Trails Day
On June 7th, Wild Lands Restoration Volunteers completed construction of 1,600 linear feet of re-routed trail on the West Ridge Connector at O'Fallon Park near Kittredge, CO. The new trail construction replaced 800 linear feet of severely eroded, steep, fall-line trail through a Ponderosa Pine meadow. Confluent Design provided trail design and layout services and continues to assist Denver Mountain Parks with additional trail re-routes, wayfinding, and identifying defunct social trails to be restored.
Historic American Landscape Survey
Confluent Design is currently working with the National Park Service and the City of Denver to prepare the Historic American Landscape Survey (HALS) for Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. The amphitheater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990 and Confluent Design collaborated with NPS and the City on the nomination for National Historic Landmark status, which is currently pending.
In November 2013, Confluent Design learned the Dearfield HALS (see our project portfolio) was posted online at the library of congress. This HALS is only the 7th recorded for the state of Colorado. The short form survey can be viewed on the library of congress website by clicking here.