Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2015

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June 2015 37 "In Gamecock Park, we have a facility that rivals any place in the country in tailgating," says Ray Tanner, the University of South Carolina's athletics director. "It's an area that pulls together the atmosphere of college football in a first-class manner for our fans. Whether it's Gamecock Walk, tailgating, a pregame pep rally, a concert or children playing in the open fields, Gamecock Park is representative of the fun and excitement we want our fans to experience at home football games." Traffic, Transportation and Parking The design team's traffic and transportation planning and parking solutions included roadway improvements to accommodate the thousands of vehicles entering or leaving the facility in a short time. Improvements included complete streets solutions with the provision of tree-lined streets and generous walkways to safely accommodate pedestrians; comprehensive wayfinding with easy to read signage; new turn lanes, lane striping and street lighting. Vehicles and buses are directed to assigned parking spaces. Dedicated "tent zones" provide separation of tailgating and vehicular traffic. The highly sought after patron parking spaces are sold and assigned each year, generating a significant new source of income for the university. Monumental columns and low walls with decorative iron fencing align the street frontage, bringing campus design details to the new tailgate site. These flourishes help to reinforce the unique qualities of USC's historic campus core and sense of place. A generous number of canopy trees throughout the park bring some relief from the hot weather typical in the fall. Careful selection consideration was given to tree species that produce just the right shade of "Gamecock Garnet" fall color. Low-Maintenance Materials and LID The project employed low-maintenance materials consistent with those used elsewhere on the university's campus. There are a relatively small number of paved parking spaces. The larger balance of parking spaces are located in grassed and landscaped zones. Higher traffic areas are accessed through paved parking aisles, and lesser-traveled aisles remain grassed. Low-impact development PHOTO: ALLEN SHARPE

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