Sternwheeler Park

Location: La Center, WA
Client: City of La Center

Located on the edge of a rich habitat, Sternwheeler Park provides an important link between a civic center and one of the premier wildlife preserves in Washington State. The project needed to strike a balance between public use and environmental protection, which it achieved by incorporating amenities such as a sheltered instructional area for outdoor classes and a lawn-terraced amphitheater for community gatherings. Carefully positioned improvements also avoided impacting the ecologically sensitive surroundings, bridging the gap between environmental education and public assembly and creating an impressive front door for the city.