Harry Gardner Park, Cowlitz County, Washington

Client—Collins Architectural Group

Gibbs & Olson provided design and construction phase services for this park improvement project. The improvements to Harry Gardner Park included the installation of 1,800 feet of new welded HDPE waterline; an asphalt paved loop for access to the RV dump station as well as individual RV, tent and car/truck parking areas; a gravel traffic loop near the south fork of the Toutle River for day use traffic; and stormwater management via water quality followed by infiltration. The rural character of the site was retained by removing the deciduous trees, but retaining as many conifer trees as possible. In addition, site grading was accomplished to meet design requirements while keeping impacts to the existing park areas to a minimum. The improvements to Harry Gardner Park restore the 17 acre recreational facility which was destroyed as a result of the eruption of Mount Saint Helens.