Tag: Park Design

Pocket Parks Bring Life to Unused Spaces

Ayres’ landscape architects and urban planners recently assisted the City of Kaukauna, Wisconsin, in developing some concepts for re-imagining vacant lots and alleys to help energize their downtown area. Adaptive re-use concept for an alley performance stage at an old loading dock. Photo of existing conditions. By Craig Stoffel Communities can get a whole lot… Read More »

Are Your Parks Meeting Everyone’s Needs?

Inclusive Accessible Interactive ADA Compliant These are all words that get thrown around interchangeably lately when designing a new park or making updates to an aging one. But how well are the needs of each park user being met? These terms may get used interchangeably, but they are very different. To produce a park that… Read More »

Ecological Emphasis Dismisses Standard Notions of ‘Park’

When we hear the word “park,” many of us envision swings, slides, and colorful climbing structures because this is how most of today’s children’s parks were designed. In fact, many of these parks are indistinguishable from one another. Urban communities, however, are starting to ask for something different. They want more. They want the opportunity… Read More »