Liberty Park Nature Center

Summit Metro Parks


  • Client: Summit Metro Parks
  • Date: Completed May 2015
  • Size: 1,500 acres, 3,200 sf Building
  • Services: Architectural and Interior Design, Construction Administration

The Liberty Park Nature Center comprises more than 1,500 acres of park space and is sited to create a sheltered outdoor room that opens up to the trailhead of this extraordinary park. This outdoor room protects the visitor from the strong prevailing winds on the site, where the winds are amplified by the rising topography and wide open area to the west of the site. The site features many exposed sandstone cliffs that are unique to the area. These unique rock formations with the flora and fauna surrounding them, have been interpreted into the new trailside center with a focus on naturalist-led learning expeditions. The project program includes:

  • Trailside Nature Center – program/display space, nature viewing areas, library, offices, storage, secure lobby and restrooms (3,200 sf)
  • Exterior “front porch” used for nature viewing and program space (750 sf)
  • Open-air Pavilion with fireplace for program and gathering space (1,100 sf)
  • Outdoor amphitheater with barn stone seating and fire pit (2,500 sf)