Discovery Park | Multi-Generational Adventure Play
Originally zoned for commercial space, this site was ultimately designed for a community park rather than retail. This change required amending the previously approved Outline Development Plan. Design Concepts worked with the Parks Department and City Council to design a site that made everyone comfortable with changing the site's use. In addition to numerous Council meetings and study sessions, three public meetings were held. Three concepts were presented, then narrowed to one through the course of the public meetings. The final conceptual plan was presented and approved by the Council, and the ODP was amended.
The eight-acre site for this park is situated along a busy Wheat Ridge thoroughfare, Kipling Street, which posed a challenge to keep the park safe for users. The park has a series of streetscape plantings and wood fencing that buffer the park from the street. The park contains a variety of amenities, attracting a wide range of users. Site features include a grass multi-use field for soccer practice, an outdoor amphitheater (situated in a bowl created by landform), a spray park, a large shade shelter, plumbed restroom, three play areas for age-separated play, a custom climbing wall, and sand and water play. It also includes a natural play feature, incorporating an existing irrigation ditch that runs across the site, additional smaller shade shelters for the play areas, and a 10,000 square foot skate park. A parking lot and detention pond are included in the site along with a series of trails that loop the park. The park's theme is based on the history of the area and incorporates an orchard into the landscape. Additional theming is incorporated into the site by the use of material selection and custom detailing.