The project area, located within the 100-year floodplain to the East Branch Dupage River, contained a small ephemeral wetland and drainage swale. Planning Resourcesí ecologists and landscape architects combined their skills to provide a signature landscape with native plants.  The basin's landscape design incorporated artistic and aesthetic principles of traditional landscape design with the benefits of native plants to create an aesthetically pleasing landscape that captures multiple ecological benefits of Best Management Practices.

Native plants provide beauty as well as infiltration and filtration functions an wildlife habitat values compared to the pre-project condition of manicured turfgrass.  The design provides opportunities to educate the public and created a beautiful, peaceful setting in which to relax.  Benefits of this design include not only long-term cost savings but also biodiversity, stormwater infiltration and filtration, slope stabilization, soil improvements, and sustainable practices. 


This project won the following awards:


Economic Development Council Excellence Award

Chicago Wilderness Conservation and Native Landscaping Award

Illinois Chapter of ASLA for Environmental Stewardship Award

Illinois Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Management Mitigation Award



  • Site Analysis and Evaluation
  • Site Design and Development
  • LEED Evaluation/Strategy
  • Green Infrastructure Services
  • Sustainable Design
  • Landscape Architectural Design
  • Green Roof
  • Permeable Pavers
  • LED Lighting
  • Water Conservation Landscapes
  • Aeration of Water
  • Stormwater Management
  • Public Education
  • Interpretive Signage