Time spent outdoors in nature has been found to improve individual physical health and mental well-being. Communities with ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, such as urban and rural trail networks, have stronger communities and economies. Outdoor recreation is becoming a major draw for tourism in the Intermountain West. Additionally, proximity to active outdoor opportunities is a deciding factor in where individuals and families choose to locate. Access to recreational areas, trails, and activities is a major amenity. When thoughtfully planned and managed, outdoor recreation assets can benefit the community and the environment. Outdoor recreation spaces can cultivate:

• Increased health & wellness of a community through physical activity, social interaction & time spent in nature

• Expanded active transportation networks through urban trail systems

• Economic & community development through recruitment & tourism

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Before we get started, please tell us more about your project! If we determine that your project is a good fit for our expertise, someone from our team will be in touch with you about the next steps within 1-2 business days.

Our Projects


At Io we specialize in design for outdoor recreation, including the following types of projects and scope of services:

Trail Master Planning

Whether it's a fitness loop, urban trail connection, or an entire trail system master plan, we work on trail design at a variety of scales and contexts.

Bike Parks

Our skilled trails design team has experience with public and private bike parks, including the popular Trackline Bike Park in Ogden!

Parks for Wellness

We design parks with community health and wellness as our focus. Our parks include features like outdoor fitness trails, sports courts, and community gardens.


For us an important aspect of outdoor recreation is the addition of unique play experiences for children of all ages in public spaces.

What our clients are saying...

Ogden City Business Development

Io LandArch has successfully provided a variety of services for Ogden City – from documenting historic landscapes to preparing the master plan for a major redevelopment project. Io created the design concept for the Ogden Business Exchange, a redevelopment project that is transforming a historic but vacant stockyard into a state-of-the-art business park. Io’s design weaves in the rich history of the site and its proximity to natural amenities to create a truly unique sense of place..

By Sara Meess Project Coordinator

City of South Salt Lake

Io has been a tremendous help to the City of South Salt Lake as they have worked over the years to help plan and design numerous city buildings and parks. We are grateful for this consistency and reliability as we complete many projects in phases. Io’s attention to detail and quality and willingness to listen to our needs ensures we are always happy with the end product.

By Sharen Hauri Urban Design Director

Amy Jorgensen

I absolutely love working with Io! They are smart, insightful, and excellent at what they do. Their team is keenly attuned to the relationships between history, place and design - and work closely with clients to build a plan that is responsive and visionary. A pleasure to work with, Io brings the best work to the table, I give them my highest recommendation.

Ogden Contemporary Arts

Ogden Contemporary Arts were lucky enough to work with io Landarch on our outdoor sculpture park, PLATFORMS. Shalae was critical to pulling off this community project. She offered their services as an in-kind donation and even went as far as recommending volunteer options, as we are a nonprofit with limited funds. The outcome was astonishing. What was once a lot of overgrown weeds, chain-link, and trash, is now a welcoming park scattered with beautiful native plants and whimsical winding pathways. Ogden is lucky to have such a community-oriented landscape architecture firm in our community.

By Venessa Castagnoli Executive Director

The Pingree Mansion

Io LandArch custom-designed my solar-carport. They even got approval from the historic landmark commission where I live (which would have been a headache to do on my own). It turned out beautifully. It’s as much work of art as it is carport and fit my budget. I’m very happy with the results and highly recommend them.

By Rebecca Sato

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