Wilson Park Master Plan, Arkansas City, KS
LK Architecture was retained by the City of Arkansas City to provide park master planning services for Wilson Park. Created in the 1920’s, Wilson Park has served the public for decades and the City wanted a vision for Wilson Park for the next generation. With the demolition of the old hospital, the City desired to expand the existing park to the North, vacating an existing street to provide a contiguous park twice the original size.
Through a series of stakeholder meetings with the steering committee, LK explored several park layouts based on those amenities and activies identified by the stakeholders to be included. LK also completed preliminary programming and schematic design for a new event center and library to be located on the expanded park property. During the master planning process it became evident that a portion of the propoerty may be marketed for adjacent private development which could be used to help offset development and operational costs of the expnaded park. The benefit to the park having residential development adjacent to the property is to aid with safety and park security.
The final master plan made use of the historic rotunda, proposing to infill the rotunda with glass and glass roll up doors to extend the functionality and duration which the community could use this beautiful facility. To the south of the rotunda a new farmer’s market area was designed with overhead structure which doubles as a parkign lot during most days. Additionally, two existing tennis cours were retained along with the steam engine which give the park it’s second name in the community “The Train Park”. A new playground and spray park are arranged in the center of the park with new restroom facilities centrally located for convienience for all park users.
Overall, the park’s design them is based on the railroad. The new event center/library is very remincient of the historic Arkansas City depot which has been long since demolished. New park signage is designed taking cues from this architecture and trellis design is used which evokes the character of railroad tracks.
Park amenities were selected with a historic or “period” style in keeping with the history of the park. New lighting is proposed throughout the park for pedestrians along wide pathways which can accomodate both pedestrians and bicycles.
- Events center / library
- Enclosed rotunda
- Farmer’s market
- Expanded parking facilities
- Splash pad water feature
- Expanded playground
- Meditation garden
- Multi-use pathways
- Pedestrian lighting
- New park signage
City of Arkansas City
Arkansas City, KS