Landscape Architect digital rendering of the beaver equestrian center project.

Beaver Equestrian Center

In 2018 Beaver County Utah had recently completed a process to re-brand the county as a destination for equestrian related activities. As part of this new focus, the County identified the creation of a horse park as an important community amenity, as well as an economic development opportunity. Io worked to evaluate and rank three[…]

Reinventing Community Engagement

Over the course of 20 years of professional and individual community engagement, we’ve been to a LOT of different types of public meetings.  The best ones are creative and fun with active involvement of participants.  They actually work to make a project better. The worst ones are boring, limit community feedback, or worse–collect feedback and[…]

Community Tapestry

Io’s winning entry into this AIA design competition was inspired by a diagram of Ogden City’s historic rail yard. It features a flowing network of sinuous rail-like paths highlighted by the bold use of color. A central plaza space is anchored by an interpretive roundhouse pavilion. Recycled railroad ties embedded into rolling landscape berms provide[…]

Providence Montessori Playground

Io’s design for this new Montessori playground in South Ogden is based on the school’s philosophy of child-initiated learning through play, providing an interesting combination of elements and spaces that encourage creative interaction among children and with the built and natural environment. The playground features a central social plaza space with an informal amphitheater, a[…]

Central Park Community Center

Central Park was a former elementary school that was acquired by the city of South Salt Lake in 2009.  While the initial plan for the park was to demolish the school and transform the entire 9-acre site into a community park; the building was immediately adapted for temporary use by the city’s Police Athletic League,[…]

Fitts Park

Io’s master plan for the Fitts park focuses on stream bank restoration for Millcreek and two smaller tributary canals that flow through the site, as well as trail connections within the park and to the larger Millcreek trail. The plan was the result of a coordinated effort with the City of South Salt Lake, and[…]