LPA Earns ASCE Sacramento Parks and Recreation Project of the Year Award

The Sacramento Section of the American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE) has named LPA’s design of improvements for Hall Memorial Park as the Parks and Recreation Project of the Year.

The awards program honors projects that “demonstrate the greatest skills and represent the greatest contribution to the civil engineering process and society.”

“This award represents not only the efforts of our talented civil engineers, but also our entire team of disciplines that made this project feasible and solved big environmental issues,” LPA Director of Civil Engineering Kathereen Shinkai said. “Hall Memorial Park Improvements PH3 is a testament to our integrated process garnering better results.”

Hall Memorial Park, located in the city of Dixon, California, took a closed landfill and contaminated site and turned it into a new community destination. The third phase of the design, recognized by ASCE, included a new synthetic turf multi-use athletic field, a new parking lot and a nature walk. The site was previously used as a sewage treatment plant overflow basin and landfill, requiring the LPA team to design a storm drainage system that would not disturb the environmentally sensitive material below the surface.

The LPA civil engineers, led by Civil Project Engineer Cindy Harkness, and landscape architects, led by Project Manager Corrie Lindsay, designed an impermeable liner to sit below a permeable base system under the athletic field, ensuring rain events would not allow leaks into the aquifer. Strategic grading efforts were made to maintain adequate cover over the environmentally sensitive material.

LPA’s team of civil engineers, landscape architects, structural engineers, electrical engineers and low voltage & technology specialists collaborated on the project for the City of Dixon. Prior to the work on Hall Memorial Park, LPA worked with the City to design a comprehensive master-plan for the City’s parks.

Due to COVID-19, the ASCE Sacramento Section awards banquet will take place virtually or as an outdoor event with social distancing protocols, the section said.