Luscher Farms Community Park
Group Mackenzie provided full planning and design services for this 12-acre community park located on a historic and environmentally sensitive site. The final design successfully combined a wide variety of community functions onto the challenging site. Project uses include a three-acre dog park, multi-use artificial turf athletic field, playground, 110-car parking lot, restroom/shelter facility and trails. An extensive public participation process successfully bridged conflicting goals of the dog park users, youth sports organizations, adjacent neighbors, and natural resource advocates. Key to the success was recognizing and enhancing the historic, natural, and visual qualities of the site. The site design incorporates innovative storm water management techniques that create a natural appearing park and improve the quality of the existing wetlands. The restroom and park shelter recalls the site’s agrarian past and serves as a shelter and gathering area for the playground.