Salina’s Smoky Hill River Front Renewal Project

APA Kansas Chapter


Friday, October 20, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. CDT

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Smoky Hill River Renewal Project, Salina, KS. Restoration of a historic 6.8 mile long river corridor to its former glory. A once vibrant channel, the Smoky Hill River was cut off by the US Army Corps of Engineers with the construction of a new bypass channel. The historic channel became a forgotten aspect within the community and was largely forgotten. The River Renewal project has the goal to bring flowing water back through the historic channel, and using it to energize the community with a new recreational corridor as well as to spur economic development within the community. This session will be held offsite at the Friends of the River offices at 159 South 4th Street. Meet and we will drive/carpool over.


Things you will learn in this session: 1. Using a public participation process to build project consensus through a charrette process. Asking the citizens to provide feedback using several different methods to help guide project priorities and direction.


2. Learn about a unique way to form a project steering committee. Instead of a steering committee being named or designated by the City, applications were accepted from citizens that wanted to be involved throughout the project.

This Off-site Workshop will visit the Friends of the River’s office to get an overview of the revitalization plans for the Smoky Hill River Channel that goes through the heart of Salina.


Troy Henningson, PLA

Invited Speaker

Troy Henningson, PLA. Troy is a landscape architect at HDR with over 17 years of experience in the planning and design of places that people want to be. He specializes in urban infill, streetscapes, parks and recreation, and land planning projects. Troy obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from ... Read More

Eric Dove, PE

Invited Speaker

Eric Dove, PE. Eric is a water resources engineer at HDR with over 25 years of experience with a bachelors and master’s degree in Civil Engineering. His unique focus area is reclaiming the social benefits of our natural resources by integrating water based recreational features into once forgotten and ... Read More

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