Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

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Continued on page 20 18 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Located along the Gulf Stream in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Sullivan Park was transformed from a hurricane- damaged restaurant to the vibrant play area it is today. The shade structures from Shade Systems Inc. are multifunctional: not only do they provide year-round shade areas for the two playgrounds and picnic area, but they also act as a landmark for boaters on the adjacent Intracoastal Waterway to access the park. Sullivan Park in Deerfield Beach, Fla., was once an isolated and underutilized 3-acre waterfront park. It has recently been revitalized by landscape architects Bermello Ajamil & Partners and the City of Deerfield Beach into a vibrant Intracoastal recreational area accessible by car or boat. "I think a lot of people didn't even know the park was there because it was so hidden," said Randy Hollingworth, Bermello Ajamil & Partners, director of urban design and landscape architect of Sullivan Park. "It wasn't a very recognizable amenity until we started talking about doing a master plan and bringing this concept to the community." Since the park site was very isolated, there was very little community directly adjacent to it except for condominiums west of the site, whose residents felt the new development would affect noise levels and privacy. However, through community meetings, people began to realize Sullivan Park is the only park that is right on the water, aside from the beach, and that the new park may actually enrich their community. As part of an extensive redevelopment of the city's waterfront and commercial areas to the south, the new park offers spectacular Intracoastal views and includes two playgrounds, an interactive water feature, picnic pavilion, waterfront promenade, restrooms, and access to the bridge leading to the city's beachfront. The innovative Sullivan Park redesign also incorporates a small marina and floating docks, allowing uninterrupted waterfront access, and attracting boaters from the busy Intracoastal to the park with safe areas to dock boats, and in turn, enjoy the park. It also features a walkway under the Hillsboro Boulevard Bridge Sullivan Park Reimagined p l a y g ro u n d By Joy Robles, Shade Systems Inc.

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