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Places to play, Places to learn, Places to work. Places where people want to go.

Live and Learn, Work and Play Outdoors

We create remarkable outdoor spaces that people know and love.

We create spaces that connect people outdoors.
Places to play,
Places to learn,
Places to work.
Places where people want to go.

Every client has a unique site with distinct goals. We listen to you and work together with you. This collaboration allows us to go outside and beyond everyday ideas. Our focus on the end-user inspires great spaces that are economically and environmentally sustainable. As innovators, we bring fresh ideas and possibilities. As specialists, we bring technical expertise. As professionals, we communicate ideas to get projects permitted and built. As park planners and landscape architect we utilize design practices to promote responsible land stewardship. We strive to build trusting relationships through communication, collaboration, and teamwork.

Go outside with the experts.

Featured Projects

Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

Upland Design was brought in to assist the Forest Preserves of Cook County make multiple improvements at three of their Forest Preserves. Master plans for each site were developed with the input of the public through open houses held at each site. Thatcher Woods improvements include two parking lot renovations with new bio-swales and lighting, … Continued

Green Lake Park Master Plan

Green Lake Park Master Plan

Upland Design worked with the Buffalo Grove Park District staff to create a master plan for this 20 acre community park. Public input and staff objectives were incorporated into multiple concepts that were presented. A final concept plan synthesized all…

West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

West Branch Regional Medical Facility is located on 40 acres of land in northwest Michigan. Working closely with the hospital’s foundation, Upland Design created a new master site plan as an extension to the hospital wellness, cardiovascular,and physical therapy programs.…

West Main Community Park Master Plan

West Main Community Park Master Plan

Upland Design led a master plan process with the Batavia Park District for the expansion of an existing community park site. The eastern third of the park is in place, but the western portion has not been built. The future…

Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

Irons Oaks, a joint project of the Homewood–Flossmoor and Olympia Fields Park Districts, combines adventure, recreation and education elements at the 40 acre nature center in Olympia Fields. The facility provides day camps, adventure course team building, and nature programs…

Blackberry Farm Facility Improvement and Master Plan

Blackberry Farm Facility Improvement and Master Plan

Blackberry Farm is a 40 year old living museum and historically themed amusement park in Aurora, Illinois. The site is situated on 64 acres that are well landscaped with an arboretum feel. The Fox Valley Park District engaged Upland Design along with co-lead Jack Rouse Associates to create a master improvement and renovation plan. Public … Continued

Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront Master Plan

Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront Master Plan

Sunrise Park and Beach sits along approximately 1,800 feet of Lake Michigan’s western shore. The park is Lake Bluff’s most used and loved park and was in need of a Master Plan to guide future development. Project goals included a design that respected the history and natural elements of the park while improving accessibility and functionality. Other … Continued

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

Lake Katherine was established in 1988 by the Village of Palos Heights on Metropolitan Water Reclamation District leased land. As the largest open space site in the Village at almost 100 acres, it serves as a recreational area, a botanic…

Upland Design Projects

  • Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

    Thatcher Woods, Miller Meadows & Cummings Square Master Plans

  • Green Lake Park Master Plan

    Green Lake Park Master Plan

  • West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

    West Branch Regional Medical Facility Master Plan

  • West Main Community Park Master Plan

    West Main Community Park Master Plan

  • Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

    Iron Oaks Environmental Learning Center Master Plan

  • Blackberry Farm Facility Improvement and Master Plan

    Blackberry Farm Facility Improvement and Master Plan

  • Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront Master Plan

    Sunrise Park and Beach Waterfront Master Plan

  • Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

    Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden Master Plan

  • Baker Woods Forest Preserve

    Baker Woods Forest Preserve

Jackie Robinson Park Grand Opening

Jackie Robinson Park Grand Opening

One of Upland Design’s latest projects with the Chicago Park District, Jackie Robinson Park, celebrated its grand opening on July 19, 2014. The ceremony was well attended by families from the surrounding Washington Heights neighborhood. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Alderman Carrie Austin joined the ribbon cutting ceremony while the Chicago Park District staff … Continued