location:
st. george utah

 

client:
tech ridge llc

 

size:
 +/-  60 acres

associated team members:

landscape architect: Britina Design Group

 

The Ridge Park Master Plan

“A park like no other”…this is the vision of The Ridge park master development plan for the redevelopment of the 155 acre City owned St. George Municipal Airport property. The visionary concept behind the park plan is focused on the integration of a 60 acre urban park into the culture of a mixed use Technology based master development plan. In the late summer of 2017, the City of St. George Utah, offered the airport for developers to compete and offer the city a vision for a future of prosperity. The Tech Ridge team led by Tech Ridge LLC as the developer, Katalyst and the lead designer asked the question, “What does the future of downtown St. George look like in the wake of the RFP? The answer that emerged from this talented team is centered on the incorporation of a 60 acre legacy park and public realm that will define the culture of the private development for all of Southern Utah to enjoy. This is a new kind of public realm concept where the park is the centerpiece of the plan and incorporates a mixed-use development within it. This concept will connect The Ridge, both physically and visually, with downtown St. George, allowing for a synergistic strategy to be executed. Both the private mixed use development and the public spaces will synergistically coexist in order to strengthen the overall value of each. This culture of park-driven development will have the effect of expanding downtown St. George onto the top of the ridge, allowing for an extensive urban public realm system to emerge throughout the City and will punctuate at The Ridge as the hub of an outdoor recreation destination.

 

The Ridge Park plan consists of a 3.5 mile perimeter trail providing recreational opportunities for residents, employees, students, and visitors. The majestic views of the entire St. George area will be spectacular. The 60 acres of park will be striated into layers of development; Native, Transition, and Manicured landscapes. The plan incorporates a hillside farm that will be accessed from both roads and trails. The farm will have agricultural levels that are terraced into the hillside with greenhouses, aquaponics, and other growing methods. The Ridge Park is the overall connective tissue of the plan; The Tech Commons, the heart of the entrepreneurial spirit of a burgeoning technology culture; The Crescent, the urban core of the plan; and the Point, a mixed use hospitality-based new urban neighborhood each have all three levels of park development at the core of the development form and philosophy. The Park plan will use as its greatest asset, the beauty that is the natural environment of St. George and will be known for its seamless assimilation of the legacy park, the built land uses, and the natural environment.