Nature Works Park


  • Survey
  • DCNR Grant Applications and Document Review
  • Site Planning, Design, and Layout
  • Landscape Design
  • Stormwater Management Calculations
  • Erosion and Sedimentation Control Permitting
  • NPDES Permitting
  • Chapter 106 Permitting
  • Rezoning Hearing
  • Building Permit Applications
  • Land Development Approvals
  • Bidding
  • Construction Management
  • Construction Inspection


Blair County Conservation District, Blair County

Project Details

NatureWorks Park is an environmental education park which will ultimately include the Blair County Conservation District’s new office.

This project included the design of a two-phase master plan for a parcel which included rezoning the land to allow for the proposed use. Phase Two is in progress.

Phase 1: NatureWorks Park is located in the floodplain of the Beaverdam Branch of the Juniata River and adjacent to Exceptional Value wetlands.  The park design contains accessible walking paths, a man-made wetland with boardwalk, a pavilion for 100 people, a pavilion for 30 people, numerous rain gardens for stormwater management, a unique boulder amphitheater classroom, a pollinator garden, and educational signage.

Project Uniqueness/Challenges:

  • The property was purchased from a sheriff sale; the original developer had bought the land and began to dump fill material on the site.
  • The project included a rezoning hearing, individual NPDES Permit, and a Chapter 106 Permit
  • The park was constructed during the wettest summer on record for Blair County, which delayed construction completion by almost three months
  • The pathways were built with Trail Surface Aggregate


We have worked with Keller Engineers for structural and civil engineering support on six projects over the past five years and have been very pleased with the results. Our projects tend to be complicated phased renovation/ addition projects calling for creativity in planning and construction.  I have been particularity pleased with their responsiveness to issues that arise during construction which is of particular importance to us and our clients. Vern L. McKissick, III, AIA, LEED AP, Owner/Architect McKissick Associates

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