Big Green groundbreaking begins Parklands project

February 27, 2024
The Big Green at Baseline by McWhinney

Work is underway on Baseline’s 62-acre central linear greenspace. It began with a groundbreaking on The Big Green, which is envisioned as a hub of activity—a linear promenade and grassy expanse with room for play and events of all sizes. Phase one of the Parklands will also feature habitat restoration along Preble Creek, a loop trail for strolling, benches and a future overlook structure.

The Parklands is designed to be the centerpiece of Baseline’s green infrastructure. It is planned not as one single park but as many, woven together along Preble Creek, each with a different use, a different vibe and something new to offer. A mix of inspired outdoor spaces that complement each other and are connected by the meandering trail system following the creek.

Future phases are planned to include Parklands South, which will be the start of the Baseline Regional Trail that stretches from 160th Avenue north to Highway 7 and beyond through a series of underpasses. The Amphitheater, a venue for outdoor concerts, festivals and movies under the stars, will anchor the edge of The Big Green. The Outcrop will be a buzz of activity featuring sport courts, a dog park, playgrounds and picnic tables nestled along the creek edge.

There are also plans for park-integrated agriculture with habitat-rich nature areas along a creekside trail. The creek itself is a haven for wildlife, with an abundance of naturally beautiful native and pollinator-friendly landscaping typical of the Parklands and Baseline.

The Parklands is the very embodiment of Baseline’s guiding principles: promoting environmental stewardship, healthy living and innovation. The groundbreaking marks a major milestone towards the Baseline vision. It is exciting to see it come to life. In every sense.