Member News 5.13.21

Posted By: Andrew Heidtke Member News ,

raSmith is pleased to announce that Hidden Lake Greenway Trail received a project of the year award from the Wisconsin Chapter of APWA. Read the full press release below:

'Hidden Lake Greenway Trail in Brookfield, Wis., was recently selected to receive a 2021 Project of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). raSmith collaborated with the City of Brookfield Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department to design the trail and provide planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, surveying, and construction services for the project.  

Hidden Lake Greenway Trail is part of the city’s extensive Greenway Trail System, providing public access to the newly constructed Hidden Lake Park and offering panoramic viewsheds to the lake (a former quarry) and surrounding landscape. The site was previously inaccessible due to steep side slopes, up to 75 feet in some areas, created by overburden from a closed quarry and required a substantial amount of earthmoving, filling, and restoration. The trail linkage is unique because it connects an eastern section of Brookfield to western areas of the city with a half-mile long recreational trail instead of a street.

“This project was a longtime vision of Bill Kolstad, retired director of parks, recreation & forestry, and the City of Brookfield Parks and Recreation Commission,” said Tom Mortensen, raSmith site planner/landscape architect. “We are proud to be part of this exciting and important project, which enhances the outdoor recreational opportunities for the Brookfield community.”

Hidden Lake Greenway Trail also received a 2020 Park Design Award from the Wisconsin Park & Recreation Association.

About the APWA Wisconsin Chapter Project of the Year Awards

The Project of the Year Award recognizes the partnership between the managing agency, the consultant/architect/ engineer, and the contractor who, working together, effectively complete public works projects.

About raSmith

raSmith is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm comprising civil engineers, structural engineers, land surveyors, development managers, landscape architects, and ecologists. Our services are focused on our public and private sector client needs in design and construction including land development, site planning and design, structural engineering, municipal engineering, transportation and traffic, surveying, construction services, and geographic information systems (GIS). We work on projects nationwide from our seven locations in Wisconsin, Illinois, and California.'