Carved out of an abandoned parking lot, the Thornton Creek Water
Quality Channel is a water treatment facility and public open space
that connects the community while restoring the environment.
designed and engineered this 2.7-acre urban respite with an artfully
meandering channel that treats runoff from 680 acres. The channel
creates a graceful, natural space at the heart of the mixed-use development that features condominiums, apartments, restaurants,
retailers, and a movie theater. There is a continuous expression of
water flowing, pooling and cascading in the channel, but during and
after storms the full capability of the broad channel bottom is engaged
for water quality treatment. The design and grading of this narrow site
addresses significant topographic changes between the channel and
street. Overlooks and bridges allow pedestrians to enjoy the channel
habitat and wildlife. Form meets function at the channel, becoming a
truly high performance landscape.
Resource: Operations and Maintenance Manual for Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel (5.5 Mb PDF)