• Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area Management Plan Revision and EA

    Logan Simpson worked with the BLM (NEPA lead); Colorado Parks and Wildlife (management plan lead); and the US Forest Service (land manager) to update to the management plan and EA for the 150 miles Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA).  The AHRA is one of the nation’s most popular whitewater boating rivers and receives the highest level of commercial boating of any river in the nation. With 700,000 visitors annually, the AHRA is also popular for camping, wildlife watching, gold panning, and numerous other river-related recreation activities including its Gold Medal Trout Fishery. The challenge for the AHRA is to satisfy seemingly infinite recreational demands while at the same time maintaining both the environmental quality and the quality of visitor experiences along the river. The issue-driven management plan and EA addresses a wide array of topics, with a focus on carrying capacity, potential user conflicts, special activity and special use permitting, travel management updates for key areas, the need for new or improved facilities, and improved access and resource conservation. Logan Simpson led three rounds of public outreach to help guide the AHRA partnership in four different cities across the Front Range and in the project vicinity.

  • BLM Johnson Hill Special Recreation Area Travel Management Inventory

    Logan Simpson completed 220 miles (7,647 acres) of route inventory within the BLM’s Socorro Field Office in New Mexico. The inventoried area included the Johnson Hill (Gordy’s Hill) Special Recreation Management Area and the Quebradas Backcountry Byway. Logan Simpson used the BLM’s GTLF standard in conjunction with a customized data dictionary. The inventory team captured over 1,000 geotagged photos to document route conditions and the location of infrastructure such as stock tanks, cattle grates, campsites, signs, gates, and other features in a landscape that contained very variable terrain that includes deep canyons, sand washes, high sandstone and limestone bluffs, terraces, and escarpments. The Johnson Hill Special Recreation Area is a popular OHV destination with challenging features and our inventory team was able to accomplish the work efficiently and safely. The BLM will use the GIS data and photos collected during the inventory as part of travel management planning.

  • BLM Lander Field Office Travel Management Inventory

    Logan Simpson conducted a route inventory of 5,259 miles for the Lander Field Office within the Agate Flats, Antelope Hills and Crooks Mountain Travel Management Areas in Wyoming. The project, which consists of 1,449,305 acres, was awarded under Logan Simpson’s BLM Travel Management BPA. The team used the BLM’s GTLF standard in conjunction with a customized data dictionary that included unique attributes requested by the field office, such as dominant vegetation type, noxious weed presence and the potential for off-track travel. The inventory team captured thousands of geotagged photos and photo points with over 70 domain choices for features such as route drainage, barrier or hazard, facility, resource, recreation use, and more to document route conditions and the location of infrastructure and other features of interest. The vast inventory area (roughly equivalent to the size of the state of Delaware) for this project was very remote and contained five wilderness study areas. To improve efficiency and minimize commute time our inventory team camped on site and moved our base camp as progress was made. This project received exceptional ratings from the agency in quality, schedule, cost control, management, and regulatory compliance.

  • Fruita Downtown Streetscape Improvements

    Logan Simpson developed design enhancements to the City of Fruita, Colorado’s historic downtown core. The enhancements support business growth, will spur infill and redevelopment, and support the continued growth of festivals and events that are important economic stimuli for the community. The town is at the northern gateway to Colorado National Monument, and is well known for its scenic mountain-biking trails, Dinosaur Museum, and annual “Mike the Headless Chicken” and “Fat Tire” festivals. The Logan Simpson team prepared a master plan for Civic Center Memorial Park, which anchors the east end of the historic downtown, and hosts up to 25 concerts and community events during the year. We also developed plans for downtown core streetscapes, which accommodate year-round circulation and activities, as well as closures for major festivals. In the center of downtown is Park Square, which is currently dominated by cars and expansive asphalt paving associated with a large roundabout that surrounds Circle Park. The plan recommends widening the sidewalks around the square to 16 feet, and creating “woonerfs,” or living streets, in the corners that have landscaping and new pedestrian use areas that can accommodate buskers, vendors, food carts, and other temporary uses.

  • Big Thompson River Restoration Master Plan

    Logan Simpson developed a post-flood river restoration master plan along an 80-mile corridor. The plan was designed to improve the flood resilience of infrastructure and to restore the river corridor after the massive destruction caused by the flooding of September 2013. Logan Simpson led an extensive stakeholder and multiagency engagement program, and focused on small group discussions using large-format maps of the affected area, website information, interagency meetings, elected and appointed official briefings, and on online map commenting tool called sMap. The lead engineering firm conducted geomorphic and flood risk assessments; ecological habitat assessments; reach prioritization; and developed recommendations that Logan Simpson illustrated in prototypical plans and sections. Logan Simpson went on to prepare “A Bigger Vision for the Big T,” a restoration and conservation plan for restoring and enhancing public recreational opportunities and conserving lands along the river corridor. The plan was designed to prioritize strategic investment, coordinate funding strategies, and facilitate unified decision-making among stakeholders.

  • Mehaffey Park

    This 69-acre community park is the City of Loveland, Colorado’s premier park for residents in the western part of the city. Logan Simpson developed a master plan and construction documents for the site, which includes a disc golf course, multipurpose fields, natural restored landscapes and drainages, tennis and basketball courts, skate park, dog park, an arboretum, fruit orchards, unique adventure play area, signature bridge, paved and soft surface trails, raw water irrigation and detention pond, picnic lawn and picnic shelters. Located on the route of the Overland Trail, references to this historic route are expressed in the design of site elements, and through art pieces and are sited throughout the park. We also designed a 0.25-mile of streetscape and road improvements near the park, as well as park access roads. We held public workshops in order to meet City standards and maintenance requirements, while respecting adjacency to residential development. The master plan process included programming/visioning sessions with City staff, several workshops, collaboration with a local artist, and a public survey of community preferences. A 3-D SketchUp model was also extremely valuable in showing neighbors what they would see from their residences.

  • Arvada Comprehensive Plan Development Update

    Community planning firm Logan Simpson managed the comprehensive and transportation plan update for Arvada, Colorado. Arvada has changed and grown since its last comprehensive plan update, and is anticipating significant changes with the opening of a new commuter rail line with three local stations, a new regional parkway, large-scale new developments, and a renaissance in its Olde Town.

    Logan Simpson’s Colorado environmental planning specialists worked to leverage Arvada’s strengths through integrated land-use and transportation planning, focused effort on key corridors and catalyst sites, and a robust analysis of demographics, economic conditions, and fiscal impacts. The multipronged community engagement strategy aims to continually reach and unify this diverse first-tier suburb of Denver through an interactive MindMixer website, speakers on the big issues and opportunities facing the community, multimedia coverage of events, mailed newsletters to all residents, advisory board summits, and engagement of youth in the planning process. The overall policy reform focuses on sustainability, healthy eating, and active living. The plan was unanimously adopted by City Council in December 2014.
    The project included integrated land use and transportation planning for four new TOD stations, a regional parkway, a new creative district, policy reform focusing on sustainability, healthy eating, and active living, and plan elements for neighborhoods, housing, economic development, community character, historic preservation, parks and open space, environmental quality, utilities, and city services.

    Read it here. 

  • BLM Salmon and Challis Field Offices Visual Resource Inventories

    Logan Simpson is preparing two visual resource inventories (VRIs) encompassing approximately 5.9 million acres within the BLM’s Challis and Salmon field offices in Idaho. The project areas are nestled between the Bitterroot Mountains and the Continental Divide to the east and the Salmon River Mountain Range to the west. These BLM-managed lands hold some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes and notable natural and cultural resources in the state of Idaho.

     

    The VRIs document the scenic quality and visual sensitivity of the area’s outstanding visual, geological, historic, and prehistoric resources including the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness Area, the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail and Salmon River Special Recreation Management Areas, the Herd and Trail Creeks Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, and the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. In addition to the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, the project area also contains notable linear scenic platforms such as the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway, Lewis and Clark Backcountry Byway, and the Sacajawea Historic Byway. The history-filled Sacajawea Historic Byway offers compelling views as well as a wealth of mining and Native American history.

     

    The project area also contains a portion of the longest free-flowing river in the contiguous United States—the Salmon River, which provides the public with exceptional recreation opportunities including whitewater kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and fishing. Tourism and recreation are major economic engines for the area’s small rural communities who place great significance on protecting historic vistas and special use areas.

  • Handbooks, Manuals, and Field Guides

    Logan Simpson has developed many manuals related to planning, design, construction, and maintenance of public facilities. We have also developed a variety of other technical, procedural, and program guidance documents, such as best management practices, field guides, decision-support tools, and training curricula. Our in-house staff includes technical writers and editors, graphic designers, and document development specialists who work with our landscape architects and other professional staff to translate complex technical requirements into easy-to-understand text. Depending on our client’s direction, we have produced detailed “cookbook”-style manuals that prescribe specific actions; guidance manuals that mix narrative with instructive graphics and images; and even manuals that rely heavily on interactive graphics as the primary gateway to the information the manual contains.

  • Tempe Streetcar

    Logan Simpson was the lead urban designer and landscape architect for this high-profile alternative transportation project in Tempe, Arizona that is being developed on an accelerated timeline to accommodate federal funding requirements. The  project includes 14 stops in both a center two-way and side one-way loop. The streetcar will serve the historic Mill Avenue retail district, Arizona State University’s main campus, Tempe Town Lake’s Marina Heights redevelopment, and the rapidly growing new and historic residential neighborhoods south of downtown. The primary goal of this federally funded urban transportation project, is to surgically integrate the streetcar into the existing urban fabric minimizing its impact on an already vibrant streetscape. Services included stop and platform design, landscape and irrigation design, site planning for transit support facilities, and architectural and wayfinding and interpretive signage services. The design followed urban design guidelines developed by Valley Metro and the City of Tempe to seamlessly fit the streetcar into the existing historic downtown and surrounding neighborhood character areas. Project goals include providing intuitive and barrier-free access to stops, incorporating sufficient shade, lighting and seating in waiting areas, and integrating public art into each of the stops.  The project adheres strictly to ADA, PROWAG, and CPTED standards.  The $186 million project was funded with regional Proposition 400 funds, local funds, and federal grant funds.