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Lewis & Clark Trail

Take six parts history, two parts local involvement, and one part visionary design team to create a memorable 1.5 mile trail through one of America’s most historically significant regions. The story of Lewis and Clark began with their epic expedition along the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana. This culturally rich area is also home to a vast collection of historically significant places such as the Buffalo Trace, Native American settlements, pioneer camps and one of the largest fossil beds in the country and the opportunity to tell the heroic story of George Rogers Clark, whose victories doubled the size of the United States during the Revolutionary War. These made for numerous interesting stories to tell through interpretive signage, trail design features and selective placement of trail nodes.

PROJECTS / Parks + Recreation

Lewis & Clark Trail

History and local involvement, was key to the creation of this significant 1.5 mile trail through one of America’s most historical regions. The story of Lewis and Clark began with their epic expedition along the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana. This culturally rich area is also home to a vast collection of historically significant places such as the Buffalo Trace, Native American settlements, pioneer camps and one of the largest fossil beds in the country and the opportunity to tell the heroic story of George Rogers Clark, whose victories doubled the size of the United States during the Revolutionary War. These made for numerous interesting stories to tell through interpretive signage, trail design features and selective placement of trail nodes.

Legacy Trail

Karst formations, dry laid rock fences, a deep rooted equine heritage and one of the first urban growth boundaries in the nation were all important design considerations for the Legacy Trail in Lexington Kentucky.  An interesting mix for sure. Landstory and Strand Associates prepared a feasibility study and subsequent design for Legacy Trail, a 9.5 mile multi use trail extending between downtown Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park. Recommendations included connections to a vast array of destinations including the YMCA, the Lexmark campus, several municipal parks, housing developments, Transylvania University designed and constructed in less than two years and in time for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, held in the fall of 2010. Development of this unique trail involved strategic use of land swapping, easements, and existing right of way.  Rock fences as an underlying theme helped to create a consistent character as the trail extended through a combination of urban and rural environments.  The project was the recipient of the Mid-America Trails & Greenways State of Kentucky Award.

PROJECTS / Parks + Recreation

Legacy Trail

Karst formations, dry laid rock fences, a deep rooted equine heritage and one of the first urban growth boundaries in the nation were all important design considerations for the Legacy Trail in Lexington Kentucky. Landstory and Strand Associates prepared a feasibility study and subsequent design for Legacy Trail, a 9.5 mile multi use trail extending between downtown Lexington and the Kentucky Horse Park. Recommendations included connections to a vast array of destinations including the YMCA, the Lexmark campus, several municipal parks, housing developments, and Transylvania University. The trail was designed and constructed in less than two years, in time for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in the fall of 2010. Development of this unique trail involved strategic use of land swapping, easements, and existing right of way. Rock fences as an underlying theme helped to create a consistent character as the trail extended through a combination of urban and rural environments. The project was the recipient of the Mid-America Trails & Greenways State of Kentucky Award.

Interlake Recreation Area Master Plan

Prior to 1978, the Marion Dragline, the largest coal extraction dragline in the world, operated at Interlake. Five years later the abandoned Interlake had already become an established local hotspot for ORV users, hunters, fisherman, horseback riders, and trappers.

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Interlake Recreation Area Master Plan

Prior to 1978, the Marion Dragline, the largest coal extraction dragline in the world, operated at Interlake. Five years later the abandoned Interlake had already become an established local hotspot for ORV users, hunters, fisherman, horseback riders, and trappers. In 1999, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) purchased the 3500+ acres from the Interlake Foundation. Landstory prepared the master plan for this ‘wild west-esque’ terrain. After thorough inspection and environmental analysis of the area’s sweeping grasslands, native forests and manmade lakes, the planning team developed a comprehensive master plan for Interlake’s future growth as a vital recreational destination. Recommendations included enhancements to encourage greater regional participation and improved resource management. Expanded opportunities were identified for off-roading, horseback riding, hunting and fishing, as reflected in IDNR’s Long Term Management goals.

Dunes-Kankakee Trail

The Arts and Crafts movement is an important aspect of the regional heritage of Northern Indiana. Landstory carefully incorporated those similar textures, forms and colors into the vernacular for an initial half mile of the Dunes-Kankakee regional trail near the Indiana National Lakeshore between the Porter County Visitor’s Center and Dunes National Park. Custom markers, signage, restroom buildings, trail monuments and decorative pavement were designed to reflect this aesthetic. Project included the preparation of a Pattern Book to provide design guidelines and standards for all future trail segments regarding overall character-setting and design elements.

PROJECTS / Parks + Recreation

Dunes-Kankakee Trail

The Arts and Crafts movement is an important aspect of the regional heritage of Northern Indiana. Landstory incorporated those similar textures, forms and colors into the vernacular for an initial half mile of the Dunes-Kankakee regional trail near the Indiana National Lakeshore between the Porter County Visitor’s Center and Dunes National Park. Custom markers, signage, restroom buildings, trail monuments and decorative pavement were designed to reflect this aesthetic. Project included the preparation of a Pattern Book to provide design guidelines and standards for all future trail segments regarding overall character-setting and design elements.

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