Comstock's magazine 0519 - May 2019 - Page 53

PHOTOS: FRED GREAVES Veteran landscape architect John Pruyn with High West Landscape Architects has worked on a number of roundabouts in the North Tahoe region, including at the entrance to the Northstar recreation area and at the busy intersections of Highway 89 and Interstate 80 and Pio- neer Trail and Donner Pass Road. For the Pioneer Trail/ Donner Pass project, Pruyn teamed with Eastern Sierra Engineering of Reno. One of the biggest challenges they faced was to manage the site’s stormwater runoff. Pruyn and ESE designed a low-impact development system uti- lizing weirs (low dams) and swales (ditches) on the sides of the road, which allowed the water to permeate into the surrounding soil instead of running downstream. “If a lot of runoff is allowed to go downstream, it over- whelms the system and creates flooding,” Pruyn says. “So it was really important to understand that and come up with a solution that contains it.” High West also was responsible for the plantings within the paved area of the roundabout, as well as the periphery areas leading in and out of it. Native grasses and forbs were used to help stabilize the soils, and perennials were planted for color and ornamental beauty. Mounding was added on the center circle to accommodate a piece of art designed and donated by local artist Troy Corliss. The artwork, titled "Mountain Flowers," includes three 14-foot powder-coated steel flower sculptures. The giant pieces add a whimsical element to the roundabout, which serves as an entry point to the town. “We have so many won- derful local artists here,” Pruyn says. “They’re looking to display their work, and the town is looking to incorporate it.” Truckee also is developing a Public Art Master Plan with support from community stakeholders and the Truckee Arts Alliance, which will consist of policies and programs that guide the installation and funding of public art projects in Truckee. The Pioneer Trail/Donner Pass project was awarded in 2009 and completed in 2010. May 2019 | 53