Landscape Architect & Specifier News

SEP 2017

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Continued from page 14 h a rd s c a p e s 16 Landscape Architect and Specifier News from most locations within the park. The amphitheater columns and walls, the seat walls, the Town Square signs, and the brick fence columns are all accented with cast stone caps, cast stone features and brick cove features. Acting as bookends on the east and west sides of the park, two small but efficient buildings are available to the public during downtown events. Both buildings fit well into the park's architectural theme: they are roofed with green metal and trimmed out in colors that match other elements in the park. They were constructed off-site, then moved to the site after construction and clad in the same brick used throughout the project. One building serves as a restroom facility; the other serves as a small concession space and mechanical room. Attractive historic replica lighting posts, benches and trash cans are found throughout the park, inviting users to sit and visit, even after dark. A black, wrought iron replica vertical fence, matching other elements in the landscape, encloses the park between uplit 5' tall brick columns. As a final touch, on the park's west end is a parking area for up to three food trucks to provide food and drink vending during special events in the park. The city installs an ice skating rink around a 40 foot tall Christmas tree, opening up for skating right after Thanksgiving. The tree covers the plaza's signature fountain while it is decommissioned during the winter months. With the addition of Town Square, the city's recreation division was able to add nearly 20 new and exciting events to its program offering during the first year of operation, with more planned in the future. Above: The Central Plaza was designed to accommodate large programmed events such as farmer's markets and vendor fairs. The central focus of the plaza is a 25' tall, tiered cast iron fountain. The low seating walls, planters and a mixture of paving materials, including 'Cinnabar' bricks and Pavestone pavers, minimize the perceived scale of the plaza when events are not planned and the park functions in a more passive manner. Top, Right: Two curvilinear signs anchor both ends of the park at the street transitioning into the perimeter fencing. The Town Square lettering was sand blasted into the cast stone veneer. Inset: Ogee, or S-shaped, features in the cast stone and cove-shaped bricks were included to provide a subtle architectural detail as a nod to the surrounding historical buildings. Bottom, Right: The Town Square Park project included the total reconstruction of the street as well. The new public realm includes concrete and paver walkways. Low ornamental fences with masonry columns provide an edge condition but also maintain transparency between the park and the street.

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