Parks & Open Spaces

Public space is foundational to our shared community life and connection to place. From city parks and downtown plazas and streetscapes to community gardens, markets, and event spaces, from lively neighborhood playfields and playgrounds to serene nature trails and scenic overlooks – many of our strongest personal memories and socially connective experiences are grounded in these communal spaces. 

Milwaukee Lakeshore State Park Parks and Open Spaces

Milwaukee Lakeshore State Park

As passionate advocates for the role of parks and open space in our communities, SmithGroup’s dedicated specialists fully embrace the challenges and responsibility of contemporary public space design and development. We know our clients are facing shrinking budgets, growing environmental challenges from climate change, and major shifts in community needs and priorities.

Our multidisciplinary teams integrate landscape architecture, community planning, engineering, architecture, and environmental science to help find solutions for enhanced public engagement, increased economic, wellness and environmental benefits, enhanced resilience, and more equitable access. Our belief in the power of holistically designed public space to help create more livable, cohesive communities informs every aspect of our process.