Hefei Forest Park
Location: Hefei, People's Republic of China
Scope: Master planning, visioning, feasibility
Size: 812 hectares/2000 acres
Program: Entertainment/commercial, recreation/sports, resort/hospitality, golf, residential, civic
Description: Hefei Forest Park is a 2000 acre regional tourism destination. The long range master plan included preservation and integration of existing agricultural lands and a wetland/stream network that ran through the site. The central core area is the focal point of circulation and activity featuring retail/entertainment, commercial, and civic/cultural amenities along with a major park and open space system. Feature lakes were also added, offering recreation, fishing and public connection to the water while also acting as stormwater retention and purification. There is a series of bike and walking trails that connect an outdoor museum, art museum and retreat, equestrian center, spa, arboretum, agricultural display and market, and outdoor amphitheater.