Town of Wake Forest Joyner Park Community Center and Playground
CLH provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services on the Town of Wake Forest E. Carroll Joyner Park Community Center and Playground project. This project is for a new community facility and playground within the Town of Wake Forest Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources system, located within the existing E. Carroll Joyner Park.
E. Carroll Joyner Park was a working farm until the 1990’s. Purchased by the Town of Wake Forest in 2003, the 117-acre park maintains the pastoral feel of the early farming days with meadows, rolling hills, trails, pecan grove, farm pond and original farm structures. Officially opened in 2009, the park offers a wide variety of passive and active activities, including three miles of looped paved trails for walking, bicycling or running, stone walls, a lawn amphitheater and several gardens. This project is Phase 2 of the three-part master plan and includes the design of a community center, a natural play area, additional parking, a secondary visitor’s entrance to the park, landscape design, educational stormwater control measures, connections to the existing trail network, and assistance with the site improvements for the addition of a canopy over the existing amphitheater stage.
City of Greensboro Hester Park Master Plan and Phase I Design
CLH provided design services for the redevelopment of the City of Greensboro’s Oka T. Hester Park. Hester Park is an existing 87-acre regional park which includes a 5.7 acre lake surrounded by day use areas and programmed active recreation facilities.
CLH provided an overall Park Master Plan with phased development recommendations and associated projects costs for the phased work. This included recommendations to satisfy immediate park site improvements with an initial $1.3 million capital budget. The stated purpose of the master planning process for Hester Park was to create a comprehensive vision for the future development of the park to meet the community’s recreational needs and preserve the site’s natural resources. The master plan design included various elements including a playground, volleyball court, pickleball court, several fields, and
water activities surrounding the lake.
As part of the planning process, CLH assisted with a public Community Conversation where the Conceptual Master Plan was shared. This community input helped to finalize the master plan for Hester Park.
Because of our success with the master plan process, CLH moved on to the design phase of this project. Due to budget constraints, we reconstructed two multipurpose fields to make them regulation in size. This project is in construction.
City of Raleigh River Bend Park Master Plan and Phase I Design
CLH provided design services for the development of a master plan for the City of Raleigh River Bend Park. The Neuse River forms the east property boundary with the Neuse River Trail Greenway traversing the site adjacent to the river. The master plan incorporates the use of the river for kayakers and boaters and Neuse River Greenway users. The master plan included designs for a shelter, playground, picnic area, comfort station, and park center.
As part of our master planning services, CLH led two public workshops and four Citizen’s Advisory Committee meetings to gain important park input. We also developed a public survey.
We moved into Phase I design services and permitting which included the design and construction for the park entrance, parking, paved trails connecting to the greenway, accessible kayak launch, playground, and comfort station with changing areas. This project was completed in 2021 and became one of the City of Raleigh’s newest parks.
Town of Nags Head Dowdy Park Phase I – III Design Services
CLH worked with the Town of Nags Head to provide Phase I Design and Development services for Dowdy Park. The Town purchased the five-acre site, formerly known as Dowdy’s Amusement Park, several years ago. The park sits adjacent to Nags Head Elementary School and will provide much needed community gathering and recreational space for the Town.
Funding for the first phase of design and development was from several sources including a Trillium Health Resources Play Together Accessible Playground Grant of $750,000. CLH’s services included incorporating Trillium’s inclusive playground design requirements and collaborating with the Town’s Engineering department. Construction began in July 2017 which CLH assisted the Town in overseeing. CLH worked very closely with the Town on all aspects of the project including acquiring permits for the Town’s Site Plan approval and playground layout through Trillium.
Phase I design and construction services developed passive and active recreational uses such as inclusive play areas for all ages and needs, lawn seating and benches, on-site parking, stormwater management, and flexible spaces for interactive programming. Phase II/III design and construction services have added the following elements: restroom facility, additional sidewalks, basketball court, pickleball court, two Bocce ball courts, horseshoes, entry area from the Bonnet/Wrightsville intersection, maintenance/ storage shed, wavy fences, and landscaping.
Town of Apex Rodgers Family Skate Plaza at Trackside
The Rodgers Family Skate Plaza at Trackside is a 13,000 square foot, four tiered, skate plaza located in downtown Apex which mimics street skating conditions and also includes competition skateboarding elements. CLH provided landscape architecture and civil engineering services for this project and coordinated extensively during design and implementation with the skateboard consultant Team Pain. Additionally, CLH conducted a design charrette with 25 local skateboarders ages 5-35. The skateboarders were divided into five groups who presented their ideas. The group voted on the best idea from each group and these ideas were incorporated into the final design. The grand opening for Phase I occurred August 1, 2015. CLH helped raise over $300,000 in in-kind donations for this project.
CLH has continued to provide landscape design maintenance services for this project. Currently we are adding new sidewalk, step-ups, additional fence and landscaping with large boulders to repair erosion problem areas.
Knightdale Station Park Master Plan and Phases I-III
In 2008, CLH was hired to develop a master plan for a new 71-acre downtown park for the Town of Knightdale. To re-establish Knightdale’s downtown as a vibrant hub, CLH worked with the Town to create a performing arts and farmer’s market venue which reflects its farms-to-rails history.
Current park site amenities include: concessions/ticketing building, picnic shelters, restroom facilities, four multi-purpose fields for soccer and lacrosse and open free play, a playground, and dog park. Measured trails surround and connect the fields. Future amenities include: leisure fishing dock, spray ground, and skate park. Phase II was partially funded by a $400,000 PARTF grant which CLH assisted the Town with obtaining. Phase III was recently completed and includes an amphitheater, stage, veteran’s memorial plaza, and public/private development plan.
CLH continues to work with the Town of Knightdale on the evolution of this park, as different elements of the plan come to life. The park has been a huge success for the community and we are very proud to be a part of it.