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Red Ribbons Along a River
Quinghuangdao City, Hebei Province, China
A 2010 recipient of the Waterfront Center's " Excellence on the Waterfront " award, China's Red Ribbon Tanghe River Park transforms a formerly inaccessible waterfront into a stunning local attraction-and a former garbage dump into a lush open field. The
red ribbon snaking a half kilometer along the water's edge is much more than a riverbank walkway and accent piece: It marks an
adjacent boardwalk, serves as a lighting facility at night, and cleverly integrates native vegetation and animal crossings. The park
is designed to mix ecological education with pure recreation. And at night, the red ribbon of fiber-steel glows from the inside, giving the forest-framed landscape a fantastic, unearthly feel.
The Waterfront Center award is intended to recognize high quality waterfront work-and to encourage communities, developers,
and design firms to strive for innovative, environmentally harmonious design.

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