Masciantonio Trust Property restoration nears completion!

Fountain Creek has been unleashed as restoration on the Masciantonio Trust Property  nears completion. This project has developed an innovative solution to stop erosion along an outside bank of Fountain Creek while improving riparian habitat and protecting private property. A series of bendway weirs now directs high velocity water away from the bank and a wide riparian bench of willow and cottonwoods provides critical environmental habitat.

Revegetation will continue throughout the spring until construction concludes in May.


Concrete is being poured at the Uintah Underpass and creek access!

THK was very excited to see photos of the concrete pour completed last week!  The next step in the construction process will be to construct the gabion retaining walls. These walls taper from approximately 25 vertical feet down to existing grade and provide support for the new trail access into the Monument Creek channel.


Manitou Springs Creekwalk Design receives additional funding

The Colorado Springs Health Foundation has awarded the City of Manitou Springs $100,000 to help further the design of the City's Creekwalk Trail Design Project.  THK was awarded the contract in November and is in the early stages of the planning process.  The goal of the project is to connect sections of the Midland Greenway to the Ring the Peaks Trail through the City of Manitou Springs.  The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) has committed $1.4 million in 2019 to construct segments of the Creekwalk.

 A portion of the existing but uncompleted Creekwalk in Manitou Springs.  Click on the picture for more information.

A portion of the existing but uncompleted Creekwalk in Manitou Springs.  Click on the picture for more information.


Regional Stream Stewardship and Recovery Handbook has been published

THK Associates, Inc. recently completed the Regional Stream Stewardship and Recovery Handbook project for the Lefthand, Big Thompson, Little Thompson and Saint Vrain Watershed Coalitions.

The purpose of the Stream Stewardship and Recovery Handbook is to create an educational resource for private landowners to better understand their streamside properties in the context of the larger watershed, what they can do to practice good stream stewardship and when/how they should engage outside help for stewardship or recovery projects.

THK was pleased to work with Matrix Design Group, Painted Tales Creative, ERO Resources and Flywater on this exciting project.

The project culminated with a Handbook Release Event at Wibby Brewing in Longmont on November 9.  Find out more about the project, or download your copy of it here.


Riverside Park Reconstruction is Underway!

Riverside Park - a 100 acre, $12 millon dollar project - has been under construction for approximately 2 months now.  To date, a lot of exciting progress has been made including demolition of the existing site features, clearing of the trash in the berm, the continuous hauling of fill material to raise the baseball complex out of the floodplain and the start of the river bank improvements.

Many thanks to American Civil Constructors, Ditesco, and the City of Evans for being great to work with during this exciting project!

For additional information regarding project updates, please visit the project website


Steelworks Center of the West Dedicates Steelworks Park


Friday, November 10, 2017:  Parallel to I-25, just west of the historic Pueblo steel mill and north of the Steelworks Museum, the construction of a new Steelworks Park is almost complete.  This outdoor space, which will be open to the community and serve as a stopping point for travelers along I-25, features large artifacts from the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company (CF&I) that include a Davenport Locomotive, two ore cars, 10 and 130 tong ladles, rail rollers, a Karymore merry-go-round, and a life-size bronze sculpture of a steelworker surrounded by interpretive signs, trees, benches gardens and bricks.

visit for more information about Adopt a Garden, Adopt a Bench or brick purchase.


I-25/Ilex DB Pours CML Bridge Deck

After months of hard work, the CML bridge deck pour got underway.  Thanks to CDOT, Atkins Global and Flatirons Construction for being great to work with during this exciting project!

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I-70 Eastbound Peak Period Shoulder Lane Project receives the 2017 Environmental Excellence Award

The Federal Highway Administration (FHA) has recognized Colorado Department of Transportation and its partners for the I-70 Eastbound Peak Period Shoulder Lane Project for Context Sensitive Solutions and awarded the project a 2017 Environmental Excellence Award (EEA). Since 1995, the EEAs have recognized leaders across the country who make outstanding contributions to environmental stewardship and partnerships above and beyond traditional transportation project outcomes. 

In a letter to CDOT, Acting Deputy Administrator for the FHWA, Walter Waidelich Jr., commended the department for its sustainable planning and design"

"The 13-mile 1-70 Eastbound Peak Period Shoulder Lane Project provides an innovative approach to maximizing use of existing highway infrastructure by opening and tolling highway shoulders to ease the peak-period congestion. This system preserves and enhances the community character while respecting the limitations and the beauty of the mountain corridor. Less congestion is expected to reduce worker commute times, enhance the productivity of labor, provide opportunity for low-income workers, and enhance the tourism economy. 

 Specifically, (FHA) recognized CDOT's creativity in shaping effective transportation solutions while preserving the natural environment and enhancing neighboring communities. As the only east­-west interstate across Colorado, Interstate 70 (I-70) is a vital channel for education, employment, medical services, and tourism in the Denver area. The tight mountain corridor through Clear Creek County historically produced debilitating congestion during winter weekends, as travel exceeding 2 hours to travel 8 miles, hindering the prosperity of the region."

THK was instrumental in the success of this project.   For more detailed information on THKs role, please see our project descriptions for PPSL and Waterwheel Park.


THK Featured in LAM Magazine March 2017 Issue


More Than Toys

THK Associates, Inc. was featured in the March 2017 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine for their innovative use of technology in practice. The article discusses how Jon Altschuld and THK are pushing the industry's capabilities by using drones, 3D printing, virtual reality and acetate overlays for their projects. Pasquinel's Landing Park, the I-25/Cimarron Interchange and the Big Dry Creek Master Plan are all projects showcased in the article.

You can access the Magazine article with a LAM Magazine subscription at their website

Creekside at America The Beautiful Park Awarded the Starburst Award by the Colorado Lottery

The Colorado Lottery Starburst Community Awards recognizes excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds in community projects implemented to enhance a community’s environment. In October of 2016, this award was bestowed to the City of Colorado Springs for their work on the environmental playground at America the Beautiful. From the Colorado Lottery News page on their website, the environmental playground is touted as a “new addition to the park [that] will continue to showcase Colorado’s beauty." This playground does not build a predetermined experience but provides the building block for an adventure!  Every trip to the park is a new and exciting experience.  

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Fish Passage at Clear Springs Ranch

THK Associates, Inc. has been involved with the successful design and installation of a fish passage structure located in the City of Fountain, Colorado.The existing diversion structure was retro-fitted to allow the migration of high plains fish species throughout Fountain Creek, with specific consideration given to the threatened Arkansas Darter and a species of concern, the Flathead Chub. The fish passage structure has been installed and is a great success. The Arkansas Darter and Flathead Chub now have free access to Fountain Creek and are no longer a free meal!

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Concrete Walls - A Work of Art

THK Associates, Inc. involvement with the I-25 / Cimarron Interchange Design-Build Project has been featured in CDOT's January 2016 Enewsletter. The THK Team worked alongside Scott Systems and the public to create a design theme for the bridge abutments that celebrates the adjacent Fountain Creek with characteristic aquatic elements. The concrete panels will be complete and installed adjacent to Fountain Creek in 2017.

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Pasquinel's Landing Park opens S. Platte River to Denver Neighborhood

THK Associates, Inc. is starting the year off right with the completion of Pasquinel’s Landing Park on the South Platte River. The park's design highlights the river's significance by allowing its users to get down right next to the river, giving families easy and safe access to this recreational amenity. 

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