JR Phillips, PLA, MLA, ASLA

JR Phillips, PLA, MLA, ASLA

Dallas, TX, US

Cottonwood Trail Esplanade-1
Cottonwood Trail Esplanade-1
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Cottonwood Creek Trail and Esplanade

Dallas County, the City of Dallas Parks, the Park Foundation, and TxDOT wanted to see the final sections of a citywide hike and bike trail system located adjacent to the ‘High-Five’ interchange of LBJ Freeway and US 75 designed and built.  In the summer of 2005, J.R. Phillips started the design.  The private sector raised $3.2 million by September 2005 lead by Mary Poss & Associates. 

Texas Instruments and other surrounding corporate contributors were supporters of the J.R. Phillips design.  The design incorporated a 12-foot wide concrete trail running along the bank of Cottonwood Creek.  Early in the discussions a desire to create an esplanade or multi-use plaza adjacent to the new trail we requested. 

The landscape architects designed two circular shaped open spaces that are pierced by the 12-foot wide trail.  The trail crossed the creek with a pedestrian bridge between the two circular plazas.  An attempt was made to tie the theme of the aesthetics at the ‘High-Five’ with the theme of the plazas.  Project construction completed spring 2010.  Formal dedication occurred in June 2010

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Status: Built
Location: Dallas, TX, US
My Role: Lead Designer/Landscape Architect
Additional Credits: Huitt-Zollars

Cottonwood Trail Bridge Gateway-1
Cottonwood Trail Bridge Gateway-1

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