Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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36 Landscape Architect and Specifier News The University of South Carolina's new 50-acre Gamecock Park in Columbus is located on a site previously serving as the home of the South Carolina State Farmers Market. The new park has become a green oasis and a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization and transformation in this growing sector of the city. This prominent site, acquired by the university in 2010, is located across the street from Williams-Brice Stadium on a heavily traveled business corridor. The University of South Carolina has created a facility that not only fills a much-needed demand for additional parking for Gamecock fans on game days, but also functions as an important new open space. This exciting space consists of a state-of-the-art tailgate facility, including game day parking with dedicated tent spaces and cable TV hook-ups, electrical outlets and four permanent restroom buildings. The new park provides highly sought after game day parking on low-impact stabilized turf for over 2,000 vehicles. Garnet Way, the primary central open space, is the facility's main organizing element. This tree- lined, grassy promenade funnels pedestrians into a vehicle free zone for a safe walking connection to the stadium. The space is also a venue for free play, and a stadium parade route for the marching band, cheerleaders and football team. Celebrated as "Gamecock Walk," players stride the Garnet Way surrounded by adoring fans as they enter the stadium on game day. The team and fans clearly enjoy this exciting new tradition. New open spaces are provided along the street edge and accommodate additional game day events, activities, concerts and gatherings. Above The University of South Carolina's 50-acre Gamecock Park in Columbus has parking and tailgating for more than 2,000 vehicles for game day, concerts and other special events. The turf for the grassed parking and central pedestrian green spaces is a triangle- hulled Bermuda grass blend. Lighting for the park is metal halide lamps in Sternberg's octagonal and spiked 'Main Street' series luminaires, which have reflector shields to reduce light pollution. Lining the main promenade (called 'Garnet Way') are scarlet oaks (Quercus coccinea), known for their brilliant autumn colors. University of South Carolina's Gamecock Park By Kyle Theodore, ASLA, Principal, Wood+Partners, Inc., and Linda Youst, Marketing Coordinator

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