Adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg is one of most popular tourist destinations in the country. To give visitors an uncluttered view of the mountain panorama and attract new investment, the City wanted a riverwalk and streetscape to match the context of the mountain village.
Barge Waggoner came up with a multi-phased plan that included master planning, surveying, engineering, landscape architecture, and project management. Almost three miles of overhead utilities including power, telephone, and cable services have been placed underground to clear the view to the Great Smoky Mountains.
Now in Phase VII after several years of work, the improvements have spurred more than $60 million in new private and public investment and significantly improved the visitors' experience of this tourist destination village. Gatlinburg was named one of the nation's "Top Ten Prettiest Towns" by Forbes Magazine in 2012.