Santa Fe Railyard Park, Santa Fe, NM
Start Date: 2002 Completion Date: 2008 City of Santa Fe, Client Trust for Public Land, Client Edith Katz LOLA, Local Landscape Architect Frederic Schwartz, FAIA, Architect URS Corporation, Engineering Mary Miss, Artist Jim Conti, Lighting Design Peter Mauss / ESTO, Photography The Railyard Park is part of the redevelopment of the historic train yards near the downtown core of the city. The 13-acre space includes a plaza, alameda, sophisticated water-conservation features, open spaces and park features. The park was conceived as a set of park-wide systems defining program, plantings, water harvesting and circulation, all integrated with the overall design of park spaces and features. The alignment of historic rail lines and sidings provide the spatial structure of new park pathways linking history with contemporary use. A water tank in the new plaza is the central storage component for harvested water. This water supports xeric plantings, native grasses and garden environments that shape the public spaces of the park.
Ken Smith on the Rails in Santa Fe Landscape Architecture, July, 2010