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On the Boards: RVi Selected for Park and Trail Planning Project

RVi is excited to begin working with the City of Pflugerville on a project aimed at guiding future development of the City’s park and trail system.  The first component of the project will involve the creation of a city-wide Trail Master Plan, which will determine future trail locations and trail design standards.  For the second component of the project, RVi will create conceptual master plans for 14 individual city parks ranging in size from small pocket parks to a large, 30-acre community park.  RVi will lead stakeholder and public input exercises to discover which amenities would be most appropriate for each site.  Previously obtained public input has indicated interest in community gardens, prairie restoration, opportunities for nature play, and incorporation of public art.

RVi’s work on this project will interface directly with the City’s recently-completed comprehensive Parks and Open Space Master Plan, and will set expectations and priorities for enhancement of the community’s park and trail system.  Early goals include creating strong trail connections throughout the community, providing access to nearby creeks, and incorporating sustainable design strategies for long-term water use planning.

RVi hosts ASLA/Austin Section Third Annual UT Student Portfolio Review

Landscape architecture students from The University of Texas at Austin gathered at RVi's Austin office earlier this month for the 3rd Annual ASLA/Austin Section Student Portfolio Review.  Led by RVi's Director of Design Mark Smith, the students enjoyed one-on-one critiques of their portfolios, as well as an informal networking session. 

Professionals from many Austin-area landscape architecture firms participated, including RVi's Chris Lalich, Paul Cozzolino, Josh Wilcox, and Kevin McKee.

All in Stride

Congratulations to RVi’s own Patrick McGannon, who finished the Austin Marathon earlier this month with a time of 3:39:15. The 26.2 mile course winds through some of Austin’s most famous areas, including Lady Bird Lake, the Allandale & Hyde Park neighborhoods, the UT Campus, and the State Capitol.  Patrick started training in September of last year for the marathon, completing several runs each week and progressively longer runs on the weekends.  “The race was a great experience. I was fortunate to have perfect weather and my family there to support me,” Patrick said.