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Miller Park Stream Restoration and Site Improvements

Providing improvements and environmental restoration for an urban park and critical bird habitat

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    Crucial Bird Habitat

  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina

A historic park restoration designed with the community and environment in mind

Built in 1942, Miller Park provides a 40-acre (16.2-hectare) green refuge within the historic Ardmore neighborhood. The urban park also serves as a stopover habitat for songbirds during migration and is part of the North Carolina Birding Trail. To help address several decades of disrepair to park trails and historic footbridges and stream channel erosion, the City of Winston-Salem engaged our team to design significant improvements for the park.

We prioritized public workshops and focused on restoring the stream and natural habitat for the threatened yellow-crowned night heron. Working closely with the Audubon Society, we removed invasive plant species, reintroduced native plant species, and restored stream bed freshwater crustaceans.

We also replaced trails and footbridges while maintaining the historic arch and stone look. In addition to restoring the step pool stream, we created a steppingstone structure to encourage interaction between the park’s many children and the spring-fed stream. Other improvements included petanqué courts, restrooms, and timber retaining walls.

Upgrades and restoration efforts for this local gem have helped preserve the park for visitors—both human and wildlife—to enjoy for years to come.

Meet Our Team

Linda Pass, Principal

I’m passionate about serving my local community, which perfectly fits with Stantec’s promise to always design with community in mind.

Melissa Ruiz, Associate, Environmental Services

My job revolves around surface water – where it comes from and where it goes, if it’s polluted, how we can clean it up, and how we can protect it.
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Paul Roepnack, Principal

The son of a general contractor, I grew up with my feet in the concrete. My dream was to construct buildings. Now I design multi-million dollar structures.

Josh Gilman, Senior Associate

Humans are merely borrowing this world and its gifts, so I’m passionate about advancing water resources with good stewardship at all levels.

Amber Coleman, Associate, Water

Everything we do as scientists is based on methodological evaluation and the ability to convey those findings to others.

Linda Pass


Melissa Ruiz

Associate, Environmental Services

Paul Roepnack


Josh Gilman

Senior Associate

Amber Coleman

Associate, Water

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