Transforming Geneva’s Waterfront
Bayer Landscape Architecture served as a design and planning consultant to Fisher Associates' team which was hired an engineering team hired by the City of Geneva to re-envision and renew its waterfront. Services provided included extensive ecological and historic research, and comprehensive site reconnaissance to identify opportunities and constraints. This included gaining an understanding of the site history, environmental conditions, and regulatory agency requirements. The preliminary research and analysis was followed by preparation of schematic design and design development plans.
The completed “Geneva Lakefront Arcs” plan results in a significant visual and experiential shift in the lakefront environment. Formerly the project area included extensive and very monotonous areas of open, flat lawn and sporadic areas of uninspired plantings. The new plan reorganizes the landscape into defined zones of experience with historical references and includes spectacular waterfront gathering spaces and viewing areas, a grand boardwalk, rehabilitated piers, grassed landforms, created marsh and wetland areas, meadows, and rain gardens.
The design process included numerous public workshops where the community was able to view and comment on the design proposals. The project received overwhelming community support and construction of the first three phases of work is nearing completion.
Geneva, New York
Site Analysis, Historic Research, Schematic Design, Design Development, Public Participation, Planting Design