The Sweetwater Branch Watershed encompasses 3.3 square miles of central Gainesville. Sweetwater Branch flows through the Duck Pond area and the heart of downtown Gainesville, then through the Depot Avenue residential/industrial district where it is joined by Rosewood Branch near SE 10 th Avenue. The western half of the preserve, accessed from an trailhead off Waldo Rd, is a popular destination for mountain bikers.

Droplets of water were the missing touch that brought this design around and made it work. Sweetwater Creek is often an overlooked part of Gainesville’s nature heritage, so bringing it to life here was rewarding.