Scissortail Linear Park and Sandstrom Pond

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SCISSORTAIL LINEAR PARK AND SANDSTROM POND

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Location
North Fort Worth, Texas
Client
Hillwood Properties
Size
4,000 LF Linear Park with Pond
Peloton is providing ongoing landscape architecture, planning, civil engineering, and surveying services for the phased construction of the 4,000-foot-long Scissortail Linear Park system that will link areas within Alliance Town Center North to local amenities including Sandstrom Pond and Bluestem Park. The 8-foot-wide concrete trail, once completed, will extend from Prestige Road to the amenities at Sandstrom Pond, cross Hillwood Parkway, and continue south to Amador Drive.
Peloton landscape architects prepared the schematic design for the linear park including grading and berms, drainage, concrete trail, plaza/entry node with shaded seating area, hardscape, lighting, and a pedestrian crosswalk at Hillwood Parkway with traffic control for pedestrian safety. The planting design incorporates large sweeping beds of native grasses and shrubs, as well as large shade and ornamental trees for providing natural shade to park amenities. The design provides a sense of space and enclosure along the trail and around the pond feature. Amenities at Sandstrom Pond will include an informal sports field, green space, two fenced dog park areas (for small and large breed dogs), seat walls (constructed of Lueders limestone), and lighting.
Our landscape architects designed ADA compliant access throughout the site ensuring pedestrians of all ages and capabilities can seamlessly experience the park. This required careful attention due to substantial grade and elevation changes (topographic variability) in tight spaces while accommodating a diverse group of users from senior living, office, medical, commercial, and multi-family development in the area. Our landscape architects took advantage of the extreme topography, providing overlook points at key nodes along the trail network. Plantings were used to frame these views and to screen visibility to functional aspects of the pond and surrounding roadway infrastructure. Sandstrom Pond serves as stormwater detention, and its design was coordinated with Peloton H&H engineers to balance the amenity needs with the detention volume needs.