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Conference Recap: Reclaiming Urban Infrastructure for the Public


For Central Texans, April brings many things – showers, warmer temperatures, oak pollen. But for me, this April brought the much-anticipated Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities conference in San Francisco. It was truly one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. The event aimed to explore the role of urban parks in creating healthy, resilient, and sustainable cities. Though there were many engaging sessions that tackled topics like public health, new technologies, environmental stewardship, and park innovation, my favorite part of the conference was a mobile workshop called Reclaiming Urban Infrastructure for the Public.

The workshop explored the changing nature of San Francisco’s highway system – specifically, three areas of the city that have experienced revitalization as the result of the removal of highway infrastructure.

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LCRA and RVi Gather Input for Camp Creek

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and RVi earlier this month hosted an open house to discuss the master plan for Camp Creek Recreation Area in Marble Falls, Texas. Project Manager Drew Carman (pictured above) helped facilitate the event, which was aimed at gathering public input on two design options proposed for the park. Both designs incorporate overnight camping, as well as day-use recreational facilities for picnicking, fishing and boating. The proposed enhancements are intended to improve the existing amenities at the park, make the park more accessible to visitors and increase visitation from the estimated 17,000 people who visit the park annually.

RVi was selected to create a master plan for Camp Creek earlier this year. Camp Creek is a 42-acre park on the northwest shores of Lake Travis. Unlike many of the Austin area’s more urban parks, Camp Creek’s rural location makes it a great resource for those seeking a more primitive experience in nature. For more information on the park, visit LCRA’s website.

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Paul Cozzolino Tapped to Join Texas A&M Professional Advisory Board

RVi’s Paul Cozzolino recently accepted nomination to the Texas A&M University Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Board (PAB). The PAB is composed of alumni and other key professionals who provide insight and support to the University’s Landscape Architecture program.

The Professional Advisory Board has played an important role in Paul’s career. “While I was in college, I looked to the PAB as a valuable source of information about the profession. They were always there to help answer my questions, and several of the board members have personally supported me throughout school and my career,” he said. “It is an honor to be a part of this group which has had such a profound effect on my life as a landscape architect.”

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