The City of Bel Aire selected LK Architecture to assist the city in selecting a location and creating a master plan for a new city park. LK Architecture analyzed the city’s current land use and comprehensive plan to identify potential city-owned property which would be suitable for park development. During this analysis, LK Architecture also reviewed the parks and recreation master plan for the city to further refine location criteria. At the conclusion, two sites were identified as potential park locations.
Concurrent to site selection, the team participated in a public survey regarding park development. The community was asked their opinions on an array of park types and activities. Public input was further gathered through an open house during which they weighed in on park location preference. In the end, the community chose the location for the new park and how the park would be used by the public.
Following the extensive public input phase, the design team began developing conceptual designs for the new park adjacent to city hall as a gathering place for the community. The goal of this park was to provide the residents of Bel Aire a place to come together for events and festivals as well as for daily activities. In addition, this location provided the opportunity to add value to adjacent vacant property for commercial development.
The final park master plan combines traditional design elements in contemporary forms which speak to the overall development of Central Park. Extending from City Hall is a memorial walkway which ties to the new park and terminates at a new interactive splash-pad fountain and custom shade structures. This portion of the project is anticipated to be the first phase of construction. Extending to the northeast, the event lawn is defined by an elliptical multi-use path and terminates at a new open-air event pavilion. A regional detention pond has been planned as an amenity to the park for fishing and walking with a pedestrian bridge planned at the north end. The pond will provide for all detention requirements for the future adjacent development which adds value to those parcels while providing opportunities for the park.
Overall, the siting of the park and detention area in the central portion of the 20 acre property was a means to allow the development parcels arterial road visibility and access thereby increasing their value. Once completed, the park and adjacent development will form a synergistic relationship where visitors can eat, shop and be entertained.
City of Bel Aire, Kansas