As part of SDN-611 Studio Class in the Sustainable Design Master's Program at Philadelphia University we were assigned a semester long group design project. Below is the cumulative work of Jacqueline Cusack, Kevin Wiedman, and Peter Williams. Our project looked at the redevelopment of an existing commercial space into a shared commercial/ community center and the redevelopment of an existing underutilized community park.
Below is my individual portion of the project, the park design. I looked at the layout of the park including stormwater management, rain gardens, natural play elements, a new pavilion and a redesign of the parking lot. I also designed the landscaping of the community center.
Pictures of the existing park equipment.
Below is the initial layout of the park areas, splitting the park into distinct sections.
The "Secret Garden" is the calm, Zen, more adult area of the park. This is a low use area prone to flooding. The concept is a large rain garden with walking paths creating a calm and inviting place to walk. The rain garden utilizes native planting, some that are edible and will handle 60% of the runoff of the lower section of the park.
Hand sketch to scale (1/16 = 1')
The existing pavilion is proposed to be renovated using materials complimenting the community center to tie the park and community center together. A patio with a fire pit will be added to one side and new BBQ stations will be included.
A tree house will be the center of the natural play area. The tree house will include a suspension bridge to tie in the existing suspension bridge over the creek.
A logo was developed for the community center and park using a Sycamore leaf at the center. At the head of the park in the "Secret Garden" is a 300 year old Sycamore Tree creating a land mark for the park.