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The Grand Concourse Authority

St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada


Founded in 1989 by the Johnson Family Foundation, the Grand Concourse Authority (GCA) was originally mandated to link existing walking trails around the City of St. John’s, Newfoundland into a connected system.  Starting in 1990 with one landscape architect and a group of summer interns (including DSA founding principal Roxanne Button), work began on a series of concept design and historical research studies that led to the creation of walking trails and themed Heritage Walkways throughout the city.  The GCA also oversaw the development and restoration of parks, trails, interpretive signage, and construction of park service buildings.  One of its most popular and ambitious projects was the redevelopment of the Bowring Park Duck Pond, which attracts thousands of visitors each year. 


In 2001-2002, Roxanne Button rejoined the GCA team as Project Architect.  She designed three of the visitor services buildings at local parks and recreation areas that have become GCA signatures:  Bannerman Park, Octagon Pond, and Powers Pond.  The latter two buildings also have a boathouse component for kayaks and canoes.


The GCA also sponsored other cultural projects:  Roxanne assisted Architect Charles Cullum on his design for the Johnson GeoCentre geological museum, and his work to renovate the historic St. John's Railway Station into a rail museum.


The GCA won numerous awards for its work over 25+ years, including several from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, Historic Sites Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Canadian Parks & Recreation Association.  The walkway system was completed in 2005. 


For more information on GCA:  Grand Concourse Authority


Photos & Architectural Drawings:  Roxanne Button Kujawa AIA

Bannerman Park rendering:  David Wood, CSLA


Drawing by David Wood, Landscape Architect

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