On September 21, Upland Design participated in PARK(ing) Day for the second time. Starting in 2005, PARK(ing) Day is an annual worldwide celebration that encourages professionals, students, and community members to transform parking spaces into a parklet for the day. PARK(ing) Day is a fun, creative outlet to transform a small portion of vehicular
Over the weekend, Liz Dafoe from Upland Design participated in a community build in her hometown of Frankenmuth, MI. Over 40 volunteers came together to help construct play equipment from Landscape Structures. A 2-5 year old Weevos structure, 5-12 year old Venti Structure and swings were all pieced together and placed on Saturday. Upland Design
New Artificial Turf West Chatham Park on Chicago's Southside is undergoing a transformation. The previous natural turf football practice field and baseball diamond are being revamped with artificial turf. This new field was designed to accommodate soccer, football and baseball/softball field with a 300' outfield. It also includes over a foot of gravel to
New Artificial Turf West Chatham Park is getting new multi-purpose artificial turf fields with the planning help of Upland Design. Permeable gravel is being placed at the new fields by Albry Construction this week. Mayor Rahm Emanuel along with Michael Kelly of the Chicago Park District, and Forrest Claypool of Chicago Public Schools led the
On January 12, 2017, the Midwest Institute of Park Executives (M.I.P.E.) announced that firm principals Michelle Kelly and Heath Wright are their 2016 Outstanding Associates. This award is presented to a vendor member who has made exceptional contributions to the organization throughout the year. Upland Design staff continues to enjoy supporting M.I.P.E. while attending workshops
Engstrom Park Grand Opening This past weekend, the Batavia Park District celebrated the re-dedication of its 14 acre Engstrom Park. Upland Design led the multi-phase renovation and is pleased to be involved in another great project in Batavia. In order to accommodate a summer full of festivals and the soccer season schedule, the site improvements
Houston Street Planters This week the City of Batavia, Batavia Park District, Batavia MainStreet, and other local volunteers came together to install new plantings along Houston Street in Batavia. The City of Batavia saved approximately $33,000 by using volunteers rather than hiring a crew. The planter updates now include Boxwood, Roses, Catmint, Alliums, and Daylilies
Building Dynamic Playgrounds Check out Michelle’s great article about Dynamic Play featured in March’s issue of Parks and Recreation Magazine! It features Hiawatha Park as a great example of utilizing the some of the nine key elements highlighted for building dynamic playgrounds.