Dimple Dell park is located in Sandy, Utah near Salt Lake City. At the time of this project, this community park was primarily undeveloped open space. The major activities were unstructured passive and active recreation, including walking, nature study, and off road vehicle use.
As part of a study of potential development of the park, Ellsworth and Associates, landscape architects, inc. were asked to develop a series of computer visual simulations. One proposal was for a community golf course.
The course would be low impact, with minimal areas for fairways, greens, and tees. The view of the surrounding Wasatch Mountains Range would enhance the golfer's experience of the course.
As part of the project a new elevated road structure would be built, connecting two sections of a previously uncompleted local roadway.
To further illustrate the value of a low environmental impact golf course design, EALA's landscape architects developed a visual simulation from an aerial view.
EALA's work added value to the Dimple Dell Golf Course project in the following ways...
- Decreased costs to the county planners and golf course designers by realistically communicating the design intent to a concerned public, thereby minimizing conflicts based on misunderstanding
- Showed how the overall environmental impacts would be minimized by careful golf course design
- Showed how the existing views of the surrounding area would add to the overall high quality recreational experience of the golfer
- Facilitated public, agency, and design team understanding of the project by providing an aerial perspective of the proposed golf course
- Proved the old adage that "a picture is worth a thousand words!"