States and cities are shifting toward mobility oriented development, and MKM is an established part of that transition. MKM has designed numerous rail trail corridors, working closely with communities to create active recreational spines which in turn stimulate regional economies.
HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL
MKM Landscape Architecture is currently developing an 8 mile section of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, a recreational trail that is transforming the former New York Central Rail Line into a community greenway. This section of the trail originates in Copake Falls and extends north past Hillsdale, through a major wildlife sanctuary owned and managed by the Audubon Society, and on to Craryville.
RIDGEWOOD RESERVOIR TRAIL
MKM Landscape Architecture was selected by NYC Parks to prepare a master plan and contract documents for the development of a new 50 acre park on the site of a historic former reservoir in the Ridgewood section of Queens, New York. The original reservoir, consisting of three large basins, was constructed in 1858 and associated infrastructure such as pump house buildings, historic fencing, gate valves and granite sluice structures still remain largely intact. Each basin contains a diverse group of ecological habitats that have developed since the reservoir was decommissioned in the 1980’s.
The vision for Ridgewood Reservoir was to create a dynamic, sustainable park that would preserve, restore and enhance the site’s rich historical features and unique ecology while providing recreational, social and educational opportunities for visitors. Designated a key undeveloped destination park in the Mayor’s PlaNYC 2030 report, Ridgewood Reservoir was planned to be a regional open space that celebrated the site’s important hydrologic history and provided enhanced amenities to nearby under served communities. MKM worked closely with the Natural Resources Group and with the Queens and Capital Division Forestry Departments to develop restoration strategies.
Based upon the analysis and goals set forth from the community, three separate conceptual schemes were developed that incorporated limited passive recreational open space to the ecological preservation; restoration of all three basins; amenities such as boat launches, woodland and wetland trails, adventure playgrounds, nature centers and historical interpretive centers. MKM produced contract drawings for Phase One of the project that included the restoration of the existing asphalt recreational paths, new steel bar fence, new perimeter path lighting, a new causeway trail, accessible entrances, interpretive signage and the creation of a series of overlooks on the path and between the basins.
Putnam RAIL TRAIL
The New York City Parks Department commissioned MKM Landscape Architecture to develop a general use Greenway along nearly two miles of the Putnam Rail Trail as it passes through Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, NY. In addition, MKM was tasked with completing a master plan for the proposed southern extension of the path from Van Cortlandt Park to the Harlem River.
The Bronx River Greenway
MKM Landscape Architecture is currently collaborating with Sam Schwartz Traffic Engineering (SSE) on the reconstruction of the Bronx River Greenway between Unionport Road and Allerton Avenue in the Bronx. The reconstruction of this segment will focus on improved crosswalks for pedestrians and bicyclists alike to improve safety. SSE performed two traffic studies to evaluate all intersections and this information was utilized by MKM to prepare conceptual plans that were reviewed and approved by both NYCDOT and NYSDOT and that led to the development of a desired route and approved plan schematic. Completion of this segment will benefit local Bronx communities, New York City, and regional residents by providing a key pedestrian/bicycle link to existing and proposed Greenway / bicycle routes.
MKM Landscape Architecture provided extensive design consultant services for a four mile multi-use recreational path on the East End of Fishers Island. As prime consultant, MKM teamed with CME Engineering to protect and enhance the natural and rural character of Fishers Island &s; to design a recreational path that that links various island communities.