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I worked with the Village of Elwood to prepare a Preliminary Park Plan for Deer Run Park. The challenge of this 37-acre linear park was to transform the space from industrial buffer to a neighborhood ...

I worked with the Village of Elwood to prepare a Preliminary Park Plan for Deer Run Park. The challenge of this 37-acre linear park was to transform the space from industrial buffer to a neighborhood park.

This presentation illustrates three plan alternatives and programming for Deer Run Park - The Deer Run Concept, The Mississippi Concept and The Neighborhood Concept.

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Elwood, IL - Deer Run Park Alternative Concepts Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Presentation of Conceptual Plans Date:  February  24, 2010 y 4Doug HammelDena Hicks
  • 2. Today’s Meeting Review of Programming Meeting g g g Presentation of 3 Concept Plans Selection of a preferred concept plan
  • 3. What we heard  Current park design doesn’t work  Active recreational uses  Slow‐pitch adult softball fields p  Parking  Junior High soccer fields  Bike/Pedestrian trails /  Improve pedestrian safety along Deer Run and around  playing fields, including lighting  Improve drainage between residential area and ball fields p g  Screening between park and residential area  Incorporate a fitness trail and interpretive trail  Provide for picnic shelters and storage space for maintenance  p g p equipment
  • 4. The Vision for CenterPoint Park   Improve the quality and vitality of the park  Enhance the larger park system g p y  Improve multi‐modal access and safety  Capitalize on previous investment p p  Provide flexibility in park spaces  Balance today’s needs and tomorrow’s  opportunities
  • 5. The Vision for CenterPoint Park Design themes  Flexibility = activity  Make interesting “places” within the park Make interesting  places  within the park  Build a park that works within existing  properties, and…  Plan for potential expansion opportunities  Appropriately relate program elements  Manage parking access and layout  Establish a design theme/identity
  • 6. Th P k SThe Park System Local Connections :  Lloyd Erickson Park  El ood Communit  School Elwood Community School  Little Park/Downtown
  • 7. The Park System Local Connections :  Lloyd Erickson Park  El Elwood Community School d C i  S h l  Little Park/Downtown Regional Connections :  Midewin National  Tallgrass Praire  Abraham Lincoln  National Cemetery
  • 8. C k i Common park program items Definable spaces Connections to regional open space Lighting/safety infrastructure Fitness stations Interpretive trail Prairie landscaping and/or preserve Picnic facilities Entry feature and park theme Example of a defined space Concessions Fitness Stations Interpretive Trail
  • 9. C t li i Conceptualizing the Park the Park Northern Extension Central Area Southern Area
  • 10. Deer RunConcept
  • 11. D R C tDeer Run ConceptNorthern Extension
  • 12. Deer RunConceptCentral Area
  • 13. Deer Run ConceptSouthern Area
  • 14. Deer RunConceptC tFuture Opportunities
  • 15. MississippiConceptC t
  • 16. Mississippi ConceptMississippi ConceptNorthern Extension
  • 17. Mississippi AvenueC t lACentral Area
  • 18. Mississippi AvenueSouthern Area
  • 19. Mi i i iMississippiConceptFuture Opportunities
  • 20. NeighborhoodConcept
  • 21. hb h dNeighborhoodNorthern Extension
  • 22. N i hb h d C tNeighborhood ConceptCentral Area
  • 23. N i hb h d C tNeighborhood ConceptSouthern Area
  • 24. N i hb h dNeighborhoodFuture Opportunities
  • 25. Di i f tDiscussion of conceptsKey questions1. What specific design concepts or elements do you find  desirable?2. What general orientation should the park have?3. How active/passive should various parts of the park be?4. What is the relative importance of various program  elements?5. What potential long‐range opportunities seem appropriate?
  • 26. Deer RunConcept
  • 27. MississippiConceptC t
  • 28. NeighborhoodConceptC t
  • 29. Deer Run ConceptDeer Run Concept New Park Features: Existing Park Features to Remain:  Park entry feature from Deer Run  Maintains two existing softball   __’ of new pedestrian trail fields e ds  Contoured park landscape  Jr. High soccer fields  Performance space  Picnic areas and play area  Parking (reduced and   Storage/concessions integrated into plan)  Lighting  Pedestrian trail  Landscape improvements along   Preserves woodland area north  Deer Run Rd. of the fire station  Integrates parking into park  design  Maintains bermed screening of   Interpretive trail Hoff Rd.  Fitness stations  Prairie Restoration P i i  R i  Landscape and screening
  • 30. Mississippi Ave. Concept Existing Park Features to Remain: New Park Features:  Park entry feature from Mississippi   Maintains one existing softball  Ave. field ed  Contoured park landscape  Jr. High soccer fields  __’ of new pedestrian trail  Relocates one softball field  Flexible open space  Performance space  Pedestrian trail  Pi i   Picnic areas and play area   d  l    Storage/concessions  Preserves woodland area north   Lighting of the fire station  Landscape improvements along Deer   M i i  b Maintains bermed screening of  d  i   f  Run Rd. R  Rd  Integrates parking into park design Hoff Rd.  Interpretive trail  Fitness stations  Prairie Restoration  Landscape and screening
  • 31. Neighborhood Concept Existing Park Features to Remain: New Park Features:  Park entry feature from Mississippi   Maintains both existing  Ave. So tba e ds Softball fields  Contoured park landscape  Jr. High soccer fields  __’ of new pedestrian trail  Relocates one softball field  Flexible open space  Performance space  Pedestrian trail  Pi i   Picnic areas and play area   d  l    Storage/concessions  Preserves woodland area north   Lighting of the fire station  Landscape improvements along Deer   M i i  b Maintains bermed screening of  d  i   f  Run Rd. R  Rd  Integrates parking into park design Hoff Rd.  Interpretive trail  Fitness stations  Prairie Restoration  Landscape and screening