ES&S was a member of the team that produced the City’s updated Parks Master Plan, which is meant to guide development of the municipal parks system for the next 10-20 years. The first project selected to kick off master plan implementation was the $2.75M upgrade to Community Park, a 3.5-acre facility in the east-central area of the city. ES&S was responsible for the site design, which began with addressing land acquisition issues that turned out to be a critical part of the work. Boundary survey and legal descriptions of property of park’s historical area showed that legal title was not well-defined, an issue that we resolved prior to construction commencing. Another challenge was management of storm water, due to the park’s proximity to the floodplain of East Branch Wears Creek.
Site preparation included grading and drainage design for a new splash park, a major climbing feature, new shelters, bathroom facilities, and parking; as well as provision of utilities. ES&S served as a subconsultant to WNB Architects and Landworks Studio, the prime design consultant team.