FWLT one of only two top Honor Award winners
The Alabama chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) announced the Freshwater Land Trust as a recipient of the Honor Award at their annual Twin States conference, which was held in Orange Beach, AL April 11—13. The Freshwater Land Trust was recognized specifically for their Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System master plan, which intends to unify the Birmingham area with a series of greenways and alternative transportation paths.
“People from this area, and around the country, love the Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail System. It is so nice to get this recognition and to keep our momentum of public support,” said Executive Director Wendy Jackson. “There have been so many great people involved, and we want them to continue to see this grand vision realized.”
Each year the Alabama ASLA honors the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects. Honor is the highest award given, and a majority of submissions do not win awards at all. To ensure objectivity, the Pennsylvania chapter of ASLA judged Alabama’s submissions. The jury considered quality of analysis and planning effort, context, environmental sensitivity, likelihood of implementation and value to the public.
The Red Rock Trail System is the result of more than 40 stakeholder meetings and 3,000 citizen comments. The master plan proposes more than 250 miles of shared-use greenways and trails along six main corridors surrounding Birmingham, as well as over 500 miles of street-based bicycle and pedestrian pathways that will connect the corridors with surrounding areas. The plan recently received a $10 million boost when the City of Birmingham received the TIGER GRANT, which is expected to build 29 miles of trail by 2014.
About the Freshwater Land Trust
The Freshwater Land Trust is a 501©(3) non-profit organization that acquires, conserves and connects open spaces that are critical for the protection of rivers and streams and that provide recreational opportunities for the community. The Freshwater Land Trust is nationally accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission (an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance), a designation that recognizes conservation organizations as meeting standards of excellence, upholding the public’s trust and ensuring that conservation efforts are permanent. The Freshwater Land Trust conserves land in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, Chilton, Bibb, St. Clair, Tuscaloosa, and Walker counties. For more information, please visit www.freshwaterlandtrust.org.
Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing nearly 16,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 76 student chapters. The Society’s mission is to lead, to educate and to participate in the careful stewardship, wise planning and artful design of our cultural and natural environments. Members of the Society use their “ASLA” suffix after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Learn more about landscape architecture online at www.asla.org.