Elements of a Connected, Sustainable Park Design
At Consilium Design, we believe that park design should be designed to be lived in – not simply be looked at. This means our design should 1) respond to the cultural context of the site and its surroundings, 2) simplify the landscape and amenity program, and 3) prioritize sustainability goals and objectives. Here are some elements of the perfect park design:
- Connectivity is an overriding theme when it comes to park design. It should be a meeting place for recreation, play, and conversation where individuals can connect to create larger groups while experiencing nature. Connectivity can be addressed on-site through accessibility and the convergence of a variety of transportation options, bike lanes, and sidewalks make experiencing the park inevitable.
- Sustainable features in a park may include recycling bins as well as bike and scooter parking spots. More importantly, the landscape design of the park must be eco-friendly by incorporating ponds, rocks, boulders, trees, shrubs, and more throughout the property for wildlife to live comfortably.
- Landscaping should be arranged for clear lines of site, access, and openness with prominent lighting in all areas to promote a sense of safety and well-being at any time of day or night.
- Open space and lawn area invites nearby residents to participate in pop-up games and create social connections with other users. The inclusion of a dog park provides a place for pets and their owners to connect through play and observation, while children and parents can connect while playing on the natural features of the playground.
- It is also crucial to include inclusive elements such as pavilions, picnic tables, benches, signage, and an open space landscape design. This allows everyone to get around easily and have opportunities to sit and rest.
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