Bid documents have been issued for the Baker Park Creative Play area, with an expected opening in the Spring of 2021! Three Rivers recently highlighted the project on their website:


“Design began in April 2019; the process included public engagement using pop-up events at the play area and campground and online input through an ArcGIS story map. These events showed different potential play components and resulted in over 600 kids and parents providing input on what they would like to see in the design of the new play area.

The result is a play area design that will accommodate kids of all ages, provide inclusive play experiences, introduce a new signature climbing component, and re-create the much-loved historic zip line feature.” – Three Rivers Website


You can see the existing site and the proposed design together with this interactive map tool:

Baker Park Creative Play Area
Posted on 21 February 2020

Damon Farber Landscape Architects Internship


Internship Duration: May – August 2020

Application Period: Jan 06- March 27, 2020 and we will contact the intern shortlist by April 9, 2020

Education Requirements: Applicants must have at least one semester of study remaining after summer 2020.


For More information see job description:


To Apply:

Interested students should submit their applications to with the subject line: Summer 2020 Internship.


Please submit the following materials:

  • Letter of Interest (1 page max.) – Tell us why you want to be an intern at Damon Farber, your career ambitions, interests, and which aspect of landscape architecture appeal to you.
  • Resume (1 page max.)
  • Portfolio (do not exceed 10MB) –Attach your portfolio to the email. Embedded links and PDFs that exceed this size will not be considered. No phone calls please.
Summer 2020 Internship
Posted on 14 February 2020

We welcome Jeff McMenimen to the Damon Farber Team. Jeff has over 28 years of experience leading a broad range of complex and award-winning landscape architecture and urban design projects. Jeff’s areas of expertise include urban design, park planning and design, campus, community, and resort planning, and public space design. He has devoted his career to planning and designing memorable places through collaborative efforts with clients and communities. Jeff’s project experience includes providing design leadership for Riverfront Park in Denver, Colorado, a ULI Award of Excellence winning project that has transformed an underutilized neighborhood on the edge of downtown Denver into a showcase, riverfront neighborhood, and Great River Passage, an ASLA award-winning master plan for 17-miles of Saint Paul’s parks and recreation spaces along the Mississippi River. In addition to his project experience, Jeff serves on the Minnesota ULI Resilient Communities Council and continues to stay involved as a guest critic at the University of Minnesota College of Design.

Welcome to the Team!
Posted on 29 July 2019

“We are surrounded by survivors of sexual violence. This memorial will honor the courage and strength of survivors, and it will bring awareness to the prevalence of sexual violence. It will let survivors know that our community believes them, supports them, and stands with them in solidarity.

The memorial depicts two prominent metaphors: mosaic and a ripple effect. The mosaic represents that even broken pieces can be put together to create something whole and beautiful. The ripple effect represents the multiplying power of breaking the silence; by telling our stories, we unconsciously give other survivors permission to tell theirs” (Break the Silence).

To see the latest design and commentary, watch the Break the Silence Video

Shopping malls are experiencing major changes throughout the United States. The City of Burnsville is taking a proactive approach to proposing a new vision for its Burnsville Center shopping district. The city is proposing mixed use redevelopment in addition to reorganizing the transportation matrix surrounding the area. Damon Farber partnered with the City of Burnsville and other subconsultants to create a new master plan that proposes a solution to many of the mall’s current development issues. DF/ used a series of strategies to relocate and improve major circulation routes, retail entries, and open space within the Center Village.

A recent news article by Hometown Source highlights the idea to use Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to “allow local governments to grant incentives to developers and repay the costs of improvements such as new streets through increased future tax collections on redeveloped or newly developed properties.” Hometown Source continued to say, “The Damon Farber team has identified up to $31 million in public projects to complete the vision of a “Center Village” redevelopment in the corridor.”

To read the full article, visit Home Town Source

A corner of the sprawling Ridgedale Center parking lot in Minnetonka might be transformed into a park, with room for gardens, concerts and a farmers market.  The park, nearly 2 acres in size, could also encompass within the next few years an open lawn, plaza with a stage, fountain, play area and public art. Officials want to create a community gathering spot for everything from concerts and outdoor movies to kite-flying, outdoor yoga and quiet contemplation.

The idea of transforming a chunk of mall parking into a park “is pretty unique, which is great,” said Carol Hejl, Minnetonka’s park and trail planner. “I think it’s fairly forward-thinking and could be a new precedent or a new model.”

To read the full article, visit the Star Tribune. 

CBS Minnesota (WCCO) announced that Damon Farber Landscape Architects and RSP Architects were selected as one of three finalists for the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Competition in Newtown Connecticut. The article sites Damon Farber’s Joan MacLeod, “This is an incredible honor and opportunity. The site for the memorial presents itself as an ideal cradle, an opportunity to allow the earth to hold our collective sorrows and help heal the community as well as anyone who visits. Our team approached the design with the intention of creating an environment to support quiet reflection and conversation.”

The national competition has attracted news stories from around the country, including:

The Architects Newpaper
CBS Minnesota
The Newtown Bee
News Times

To learn more about this project, visit our previous news post at Damon Farber a Finalist in Sandy Hook Memorial Design Competition

Posted on 24 July 2018


Damon Farber was one of three teams out of 189 submissions from across the globe to be selected as a finalist on the design competition for a permanent memorial honoring the lives lost at the Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission’s May 10th Board meeting. The Damon Farbre team led by Principal Joan MacLeod also includes public artist/experience designer Teri Kwant of RSP Architects, and Architect Julia McFadden, an Associate Principal with Svigals + Partners.

The three women were humbly honored and ecstatic when the finalists were announced in May. “This is an incredible honor and opportunity,” said Joan MacLeod. Their overarching goal is to meet the needs of and provide comfort to the families, first responders, and community by creating a place to remember, honor, and celebrate those 26 who died as a result of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. “This project and the event that caused the need for this memorial resonates very personally with me. This is one of the many ways I have been spurred to take action, and to be of service,” says Teri Kwant.

After short-listing to thirteen teams from the 189 submissions back in February, the Commission sought further input from Sandy Hook families and community members to narrow the selection to three. The next step in the design selection process is for the final three teams to present their designs to the Memorial Commission on July 17, with a final award decision being made in August.

To learn more about the Memorial Commission and the design selection process, please visit URL.



The Ridgedale Drive Streetscape Design adds value to bicycle and pedestrian safety, as well as ecological habitat near the wetland and lake. The design solution requires streets to be planned, designed, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel access for users of all ages and abilities. The streetscape will facilitate placemaking by adding a human dimension to streets, cultivating a unique shopping, working, living, and socializing experience. This will allow for passive enjoyment of the street.


UPDATE: Ridgedale
Posted on 17 April 2018

Fox News announced the MPRB approval for the Memorial Sculpture at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. “This memorial will demonstrate that our community believes, supports, and stands with survivors in healing. The design depicts two prominent metaphors: mosaic and a ripple effect. The mosaic represents that even broken pieces can be put together to create something whole and beautiful. The ripple effect represents the multiplying power of breaking the silence; by telling our stories, we unconsciously give others permission to tell their” (Break the Silence).


For more information, Watch the Fox News coverage at Fox News.


Posted on 20 March 2018

Our Sustainability team compiled a list of Sustainability Fast Facts to express our involvement with the development of The Commons. The Commons is a 4.2 acre Minneapolis public park located adjacent to the new US Bank Stadium and the Minneapolis Armory. This project was in collaboration with Hargreaves Associates.

Superbowl Sustainability
Posted on 13 February 2018

We are very grateful for the work we have been able to accomplish in 2017. Here’s a look back at some of our Instagram highlights from the year. We look forward to another exciting year in 2018. #2017BestNine

Children’s Hospital – U of M / Skyway Skatepark / Water Works – Site Rendering / Cancer & Cardiovascular Research Building – U of M / Water Works – Transformation Tuesday / ACC – U of M / Athlete’s Village – U of M / Wolfe Park Amphitheater / Water Works Public Meeting
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Instagram Roundup

Instagram Roundup – A Year in Review
Posted on 31 December 2017

“To thy colors true we shall ever be, Firm and strong, united are we…”

The letters at the University of University of Minnesota’s Athlete’s Village are being installed today! Athlete’s Village will become the new flagship facility for the entire University of Minnesota Athletics Department. The facility will foster student wellness and development through three new buildings, at the heart of those buildings is the Village Plaza, a place for Gopher Sports to be celebrated for decades to come. Our team thought critically about creating social spaces that support student-athlete life, game day events, recruiting, and year round enjoyment spaces for all visitors. Materials were selected to promote a strong ‘brand’ for Gopher Athletics and reflect the state of Minnesota.

“…Rah for the U of M.



See more about this project from the Fox News Tour.

UPDATE: U of M – Athlete’s Village
Posted on 21 December 2017

The Park Board of Commissioners approved the Schematic Design – Phase 1 plans for the new Water Works site! The board also passed the Letter of Agreement with local restaurant The Sioux Chef whose mission is to “educate and make indigenous foods more accessible” (thesiouxchef). The attached renderings showcase the developed vision for the Mezzanine Phase of the project. The new site will begin construction in the spring 2018 and open in 2019. The north hillside will retain its natural characteristics while including additional plantings for edible and medicinal purposes. For more information, visit The Minneapolis Parks Foundation.

UPDATE: Water Works
Posted on 30 November 2017

Damon Farber is thrilled to see the successful grand opening of the new Webber Park Library! The library, designed by LSE Architects of Minneapolis, is a +8,000 square-foot building. The Star Tribune says “The library’s landscape design, by Jean Garbarini of Damon Farber, takes full advantage of the prominent site, and then some.” The Minnesota newspaper quotes Jean Garbarini by showing her gratitude for the investment and enthusiasm that the community had for the design process and their new library! The library has over 700% more visitors than before the construction.


Read more about this project from Star Tribune.


In the News!
Posted on 16 November 2017

In a huge collaborative volunteer effort, ASLA MN created a 130 foot long temporary park in Minneapolis’s North Loop – for one day only. Park(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event that highlights the importance of public open space by temporarily transforming street parking stalls into PARKS (see this link for more – . Liz is on the board of ASLA MN, and she helped pull the team together to complete the park. Over 200 plants were donated from Bachmans, and benches and other parts of the park were loaned or donated from many different manufacturers and offices. We think the finished park was a huge success, with neighbors asking why the park was only around for one day.

ASLA Parking Day – 2017
Posted on 21 September 2017

Landscape Architects have the unique opportunity to advocate for pollinators through design, planting plans, and plant management! Join us at the 2017 Pollinator Summit at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum on Friday, September 17th to hear new research and ideas from experts. The Summit is an exciting time to discuss the influence that Landscape Architects have on the pollinator communities. For more information, visit the Minnesota Arboretum!

2017 Pollinator Summit!
Posted on 7 September 2017

Water Works Park was recently recognized in the Star Tribune! The article presented the new updates of the project since the last public meeting in May. “The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board approved revised plans this week for the park at the western end of the Stone Arch Bridge. The vision for the $30 million transformation also includes a hillside performance space and a play area” (Star Tribune). The new plans will include spaces for public gatherings, hillside activities, lawn space, and access to the Mississippi River. The building will be constructed within the foundation of the historic Fuji Ya building. Kate Lamers, of the Park Board said, “We wanted this site to be more about parks than about architecture, and people felt this was a good way to both minimize how much architecture is on the site and a compelling way to use the mill foundations,” Lamers said. We will continue to provide updates to the project!

City Pages Link

skatepark city pages

In the News!
Posted on 12 June 2017

Kangaroo Crossing / #WALKMPLS  / U of M Ambulatory Care Center / U of M Ambulatory Care Center / Downtown Skyway Skatepark / Water Works Public Meeting / Water Works Transformation Tuesday / Minnesota’s Birthday – Granite Falls / U of M – Athlete’s Village

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Jan 1-13

Instagram Roundup
Posted on 6 June 2017

Damon Farber was recognized in City Pages for our involvement with an exciting new design for a downtown skatepark, which will be built under the skyway adjacent to our office! “The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) owns this vacant lot, but hasn’t known what to do with it for a long time. Downtown Minneapolis business associations couldn’t find anyone with a vision of making it into something useful. Until Midwest Skateboarding Alliance came along” (City Pages). The Midwest Skateboarding Alliance and Damon Farber agree that the park could include a designated area for dog walking, and seating for the future food truck population in the Warehouse District. The park will even include great spaces to enhance game day experiences for Twins fans in the neighborhood.

City Pages Link

skatepark city pages

In the News!
Posted on 23 May 2017

Water Works Design

Damon Farber, along with our project team, the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, and the Minneapolis Parks Foundation unveiled the latest concepts for Water Works earlier this week at two community meetings. Attendance was high for all events which included a presentation at Mill City Museum, a walking tour of the site, and open house held at Crown Roller Mill. It is exciting to have the community take such a strong interest in shaping Minneapolis’ next signature park. Throughout concept development, our team has strived to create a place to experience the rich past and cultural layering of the historically significant Water Works site. The design reflects a welcoming and comfortable park that will serve our diverse Minneapolis community today and into the future. It will be a place to pause, gather, learn, and reinforce the connection between our city and the Mississippi River. If you missed the meetings it’s not too late to submit your comments. An online survey is available here until May 21st.

Check out the concept design here.

Water Works Park Community Meeting

Water Works Park Community Meeting

Water Works Park Community Meeting

Water Works Park Community Meeting

The University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab was in the news this weekend on Grow with Kare 11 last Saturday. The news clip presents some of the research that happens inside the building, while also giving credit to the landscape around the research lab. “Outside the lab, the building will be surrounded by flowers that provide nectar and pollen, the food needed for bees, also a place for them to live” (Kare 11).

Kare 11 Video Link


In the News!
Posted on 7 March 2017

Friday Night Lights – Maple Grove / Microbiology – U of M / Maple Grove News / Gateway Park / Maple Grove / Target Corporate / Follow us @damonfarber for daily inspiration

Instagram Roundup

Instagram Roundup
Posted on 10 February 2017

The Maple Grove Central Park was recognized by Fox News this week, as the only outdoor refrigerated ice rink in the state! The new skating loop is an amazing winter attraction in the metro area. The warming house, designed by U + B Architects, is equipped with an ice skate rental area, concessions area for hot chocolate and snacks, and a fireplace to warm up after a fun afternoon skate. If the weather begins to warm up, the skating loop can remain open because of its refrigeration system. Go check it out!

Maple Grove Central Park

Maple Grove Central Park

maple grove central park ice skating loop

In the News!
Posted on 9 February 2017

Sketch Poll / Urban Bosque / Transformation Tuesday UST Grotto / Minnesota Zoo Play Area / St. Louis Veteran’s Memorial Park Sketch / University of Minnesota – BDD / Minnesota Zoo Labyrinth Garden / Landscape Structures INC. 2017 Catalog Cover / Friday Night Lights – St. Louis Park

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Jan 1-13

Instagram Roundup
Posted on 27 January 2017