Confluence Park
Goodale Park Vision Plan
Griggs Bathhouse / Griggs Reservoir

Landscape Architecture Student Projects Win 2015 OCASLA Awards

Three projects involving Knowlton School students have been recognized by the Ohio Chapter of ASLA. A total of 43 projects were submitted to OCASLA for 2015 award consideration, with winners announced at the annual OCASLA Gala in Cleveland.

Aaron Rumbaugh (BSLA ’15), Shelly Drees (BSLA ’15), Alex Martin (BSLA ’15) and Blythe Worstell (BSLA ’15) received the 2015 OCASLA Student Merit Award for Confluence Park. Their project was developed in a studio taught by Assistant Professors Katherine Bennett and Jake Boswell. Confluence Park is situated at the convergence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers in downtown Columbus. While recent dam removals have led to an improvement in river ecology, they have disturbed the character of the existing wildlife habitat. Through a restoration of the mussel habitat and facilitation of water’s agency throughout the site, this project connects people back to the river and redefines the public pool experience.

Two projects achieved honorable mention status.

The Goodale Park Vision Plan was developed by students Staci Betsch (MLA), Alyssa Garcia (BSLA ’14), Alex Kelley (BSLA ’14), Alex Pisha (MLA, MCRP), Tameka Sims (MLA), Haley Wolfe (BSLA ’14) who worked on the project with Knowlton School  Associate Professor of Practice Jason Kentner. The Plan seeks to ensure that Goodale Park remains true to its original intention of providing “pleasure ground” for Columbus residents, to help shape the immediate and long-term direction of the park and establish it as the guiding influence in the continued development and redevelopment of the Short North neighborhood.

Griggs Bathhouse / Griggs Reservoir by Kaitlyn Heskett (BSLA ’15), Tian Wu (BSLA ’15), Shellie Miqbel (BSLA ’15), Torrance Abrams (BSLA ’15) emerged from a landscape architecture design studio taught by Assistant Professors Bennett and Boswell. Their park design highlights the diverse ecology of Griggs Reservoir through an experiential path system, which allows humans to observe “other” systems and habitat.

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