Client: Lyon Living
Central to the Reno Entertainment District (RED) is The Urban Green, a dynamic 2-acre public green space containing a variety of outdoor areas that facilitate community events. The park is designed to provide a strong sense of place, inspired by the natural forms and materials found in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the nearby Truckee River. Sinuous paths featuring bridges and boulders elicit a sense of water and hiking trails, a central wood boardwalk connects the park to retail and residential buildings to the north and south while a promenade cuts east-west through the park connecting the cinema to a future market hall. Local trees and plants are arranged into three garden experiences (alpine, mountain meadow, and riparian) which introduce a variety of shade, scale and seasonal interest to the landscape.
At the center of the park, a sculptural pavilion clad in weathering steel provides a memorable and distinct shelter overlooking a meadow-like lawn with LED screen that provides a place for outdoor movies.
Along the north side of the site, a liner shade trellis provides a venue for outdoor dining, food trucks and a farmer’s market. We are partnering with iconic Burning Man artist Michael Christian to develop a play structure design that is both a highly interactive feature and a piece of environmental art.
The Urban Green is intended to be a beautiful and flexible space that represents the heart of the community, accommodating a diverse array of year-round activities; ranging from relaxing in the gardens or walking the dog, playing in the fog feature to movie nights on the lawn and seasonal events.
The project is currently under construction with completion expected in Spring 2021.