Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park Wins ASLA Honor Award
Logan Simpson is proud to announce that we have received the ASLA Colorado’s Honor Award for Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park!
Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park is a park and natural area along the Big Thompson River and US 34. The park was destroyed in 2013 by a devastating flood. This reconstruction was the opportunity to create a more resilient river and public park that is appropriate for its setting in the Foothills Life Zone of the Rocky Mountains. The park features a realigned and more natural river, native aquatic and terrestrial habitat restoration, trails, picnic areas, river access, and educational exhibits and structures. A unique platform provides an authentic river fishing experience for users of all abilities, overlooks and benches are located along the trails, and visitors can learn about the history and ecology of the site. Remnants of a 1920’s hydroelectric plant, a settlers’ cabin from the 1860s, Civilian Conservation Corps shelters, and other historic structures provide not only visual interest, but are a reminder that many lessons learned in the past are still relevant today. The park is loved by Loveland residents and visitors, and is at capacity every weekend that it is open.