The Crystal Lake Human Nature Preserve proposes a new public amenity in the form of a wooded island and waterfront recreational park at the site of an abandoned and demolished public housing project. The introduction of a crescent-shaped hill at the island functions as a wind-break as well as a visual focus for the homes situated around the lake. Nature trails cut along the ridgeline and through the vegetation selected to nurture wildlife habitation.
The existing waterfront park is expanded to include a small boat launch, and enhanced with an observation tower and fishing pier situated at the existing jetty. Here the land form is altered to provide an accessible paths to both the upper and lower levels of the tower as well as to the fishing pier, picnic areas and beach.
The project stands as a model for sustainable development. The nature preserve and park are held as community assets; accessible greenspace contributes to a better quality of life. In the adjacent neighborhoods, denser housing development facilitates resource efficiency.