New Park Employs Nature-based Design Solutions to Connect Texas Community

Buffalo Ridge Park

Blog // Jan. 19, 2024

As one of the fastest-growing cities in Texas and the US, the City of Frisco—which has seen its population grow 500% in 20 years—is committed to building a “vibrant” and “connected” community.
This commitment is reflected in its latest announcement to build a brand new public park at a recent community meeting. Recently, The City unveiled plans for Buffalo Ridge Park, which will be constructed on a 7.6-acre site in a master planned neighborhood called the Grove and features open meadows and mature tree groves once populated by migrating buffalo.

The project’s vision is to create a vibrant neighborhood park that celebrates the site’s forest canopy through an array of playful interactions and immersive nature experiences, while also providing a space for the community to gather.
This is reflected in the design strategies that the City developed in collaboration with STUDIO tla. This includes immersing Frisco residents in the outdoors through built objects and signage, while also using natural materials to support imaginative play with children, and maintaining existing tree clusters to celebrate the site’s identity and extend the well-known benefits that tree canopies provide communities, such as aesthetics, absorbing carbon and storm water run-off, and providing natural habitats for wildlife.
Park features will also include playground zones and creative nature plays areas—which are designed to engage children of all ages—a shade structure for gathering opportunities, a full-court basketball court, various walking and nature trails, and multi-use open lawn spaces.

Discover more about the project on the City of Frisco's parks and trail development (see link below).