City of Greensboro, Hester Park Master Plan and Phase I Design, Greensboro, NC
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.
CLH has recently moved on to the design phase of this project.
City of Raleigh, River Bend Park Master Plan and Phase I Design, Raleigh, NC
CLH provided design services for the development of a master plan for the proposed City of Raleigh River Bend Park. Funding from the 2014 Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Bond Referendum helped provide for the park master planning process and plan, along with the first phase of development.
The currently vacant 25-acre River Bend Park property is located at 6850 Perry Creek Road in northeast Raleigh and was acquired by the City of Raleigh in 2012 in anticipation of being a neighborhood park. In addition to working on the park master plan, CLH helped design the adjacent middle school.
The Neuse River forms the east property boundary with the Neuse River Trail Greenway traversing the site adjacent to the river. Adjacent to the site is the 5401 North planned development, whose representatives participated in the master plan process. The master plan incorporated river access for kayaks, canoes, and Neuse River Greenway users, along with designs for a shelter, playground, picnic area, comfort station, and park center.
The master plan was approved by the City Council in November of 2016. CLH has now begun Phase I design services and permitting. This phase of the project will include the design and construction for the park entrance, parking, paved trails connecting to the greenway, accessible kayak launch, playground, comfort stations, and shelter.
Town of Nags Head, Dowdy Park Phase I – III Design Services, Nags Head, NC
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.
The park will support passive and active recreational uses and includes play areas that are inclusive for all ages and needs, lawn seating and benches, art incorporated into play elements, on-site parking, stormwater management, and flexible spaces for interactive programming. The event plaza and pavilion along with the multi-use turf area will be available to host events and activities such as concerts, performances, art shows, festivals, group and individual fitness activities, outdoor classroom space for educational programs, farmers’ market, and other community social gatherings. The park’s grand opening included a huge town celebration with food trucks, music, vendors, and other fun activities. This project has now moved on to Phase II and III design services.
Town of Apex, Rodgers Family Skate Plaza at Trackside, Apex, NC
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. Fundraising efforts are now underway for Phase II to include a covered, outdoor performance pavilion.
Knightdale Station Park, Phases I-III, Knightdale, NC
In 2008, CLH was hired to develop a master plan for a new 71-acre downtown park for the Town of Knightdale. In an effort 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: amphitheater, concessions/ticketing building, picnic shelters, restroom facilities, multipurpose fields, playground, and dog park. Future amenities include: leisure fishing dock, spray ground, and skate park. CLH has been providing landscape architecture, civil engineering, and construction administration services for this project.
Phase II of this project is complete and was partially funded by a $400,000 PARTF grant which CLH assisted the Town with obtaining. Phase III is currently in construction 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.
City of Raleigh, Annie Louise Wilkerson, MD Nature Preserve Park Phase I & Phase II, Raleigh, NC
In 2005, the City of Raleigh received a donation of 148 acres of land, for a completed total of 157 acres, in the Falls Lake Watershed from the estate of Dr. Annie Louise Wilkerson, the first female obstetrician in Wake County who delivered over 5,000 babies in her career. This land was created into the City of Raleigh’s first Nature Preserve Park. CLH created a sustainable Nature Preserve Park which will celebrate her life while teaching our delicate balance with nature. Our small footprint theme is both literal and interpretive since this project will be a model for low impact development.