Woodbury, New York is located in the heart of the Hudson Valley. The site consists of 115-acres of a woodlands, and the landscape is characterized by extensive wetlands, a series of knolls, and stunning views to Harriman State Park. Over the years, the site has suffered from neglect and invasive species have multiplied. It has been physically and culturally isolated from the city.
We used restoration techniques to ensure the landscape became a microcosm of the surrounding regional watershed, guiding site runoff through a series of bio-swales before collecting it in new ponds that recharge the groundwater table. The landscape transforms the experience of visitors, encouraging them to engage with the wetlands along a meandering drive through a marsh-like ecological landscape. The landscape is also outwardly focused: a network of streets, trails, and walkways establish connections between the project and its surrounds, embracing the natural setting. The project proves that resuscitating a neglected landscape can benefit infrastructure, enhance ecosystems, and promote urban development.
DumontJanks team members led the development of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.