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05/21/2010

Heritage Park Plaza, Tarrant County, Texas

[photo] Heritage Park PlazaHeritage Park Plaza is a public park in downtown Fort Worth designed by the internationally-acclaimed landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009). The Heritage Plaza, designed in conjunction with the U.S. Bicentennial program and located on the founding site of the city, incorporates a set of interconnecting outdoor rooms constructed of concrete that featured flowing water walls, channels, and pools. In addition to the water features, the outdoor rooms contain plant materials in a structured grid pattern that includes upper and lower lawns. An elevated walkway over the bluff grants access to vistas across the Trinity River Valley, much like the 19th-century military fort that once occupied this site. Today, Heritage Park represents an exceptionally significant example of modern landscape design in the United States.

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