Lincoln Foundation Garden

Lincoln Foundation Garden

Lincoln Community Foundation Garden is a small downtown private park that provides opportunities for rest, relaxation, and contemplation. Twenty-five years after its construction, The Clark Enersen Partners collaborated with the Lincoln Community Foundation to restore the park, which had accessibility issues and was limited in its uses. The vision was to maintain the integrity of the design by preserving its unique spatial character and presence in the City, including its large trees.

Innovative design techniques and details such as the use of forced perspective, gradation of pavement color and texture, and changes of elevation were incorporated to reinforce the design goals of creating outdoor “rooms” of various sizes and levels of intimacy. These spaces were conceptually connected by a contiguous water feature that integrates elements of existing, restored fountains and basins with new ones.  New wall, pavement and landscape materials enhance the richness of new park spaces. A second entrance was designed to make the park more visible and accessible. This project was recognized by the Omaha World Herald as one of the most important design projects in Nebraska during the 1990s.