With construction set to begin soon on Phase I of the City of Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park renovation, RVi Project Manager Drew Carman recently presented his team’s work on the spring restoration aspect of the project’s design. Speaking at the Williamson County Conservation Foundation’s Texas Conservation Symposium earlier this month, Drew detailed the research and inspiration behind restoring the first of three important springs which run through the park.
Although San Gabriel Park is a historic location for the Georgetown salamander, no salamanders have been reported in the project area since 1991. “This spring restoration is the result of a collaborative effort between science and design. We worked hand-in-hand with biologists at Cambrian Environmental to design and recreate ideal habitat conditions. It is our hope that this restoration will encourage the Georgetown salamander to come back to the site.” Drew said. As part of the process, the team also received guidance from the Williamson County Conservation Foundation Adaptive Management Working Group, which is charged with helping to protect the Georgetown Salamander and ensure compliance with the 4(d) Rule of the Endangered Species Act.
The historic San Gabriel Park is located in the heart of Georgetown and offers scenic frontage along the confluence of the North and South forks of the San Gabriel River. RVi completed the master plan for the park in 2015 and has continued into Phase I design, which includes a custom-designed playscape, new restrooms and pavilions, road and utility infrastructure improvements, and trail enhancements, in addition to the spring restoration. The design team includes Cambrian Environmental (environmental engineering), Clayton & Little (architecture), KPA Engineers (civil engineering), Alterra Solutions (accessibility), Structures (structural engineering), and PlayWorx (custom playscape design).