NORTHEAST CORNER DESIGN
The design for the northeast corner is probably going to involve some kind of community space, like a patio or - most likely - an amphitheater.
This team met to get started on June 6. Below are details of their action plan and how you can get involved!
Click here for what we know so far about the Northeast Corner and Amphitheater.
Tue April 12 - Northeast Corner Team Meeting, 5:30pm at Eddith Buis’ home (contact us for address). Meeting purpose: To further discuss the corner design and 30% green infrastructure set done by the City Parks and Public Works Departments, and to determine how we might be able to incorporate an amphitheater design into these pieces. We welcome interested helpers! For more information, please contact Nicole 402-968-3349 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(✔ = completed)
1. ✔ Contact Pat at the City of Omaha Parks Department to get info on any parameters and constraints for the NE Corner.
2. ✔ Gather the team. Applicable professional skills are great (architecture, landscaping, performing, etc.) but not necessary!
3. ✔ Meet with local professionals on June 29 to get their insights and creative ideas on the space.
4. UNDERWAY >> Solicit specific feature requirements from possible amphitheatre users.
Who should we contact? Can you help us reach them? Email us!
If you were a performer, what would you need? Email us!
5. Consolidate and submit specific design preferences and recommendations for Pat to consider incorporating.
6. Meet with Pat at the City of Omaha Parks Department to review initial conceptual designs for the northeast corner (target date: 2nd half of August).
7. October 13th: Attend City of Omaha Parks Department's public presentation of initial proposed park improvements, including northeast corner improvements, for public input before those plans are finalized by the City. This presentation is anticipated in late September or October due to data collection necessary for the CSO part of the Hanscom Park Project. Visit our "Upcoming Events" page for details on the October 13th public meeting.
We know from the input workshop that the community wants something naturalistic with seating, as well as a stage with power access. But this is our chance to offer more detail... for example:
What kind of seating do we want?
Do we want a smooth sloped lawn or terraced plateaus with built-in seating? Do we want built in seating, flush with the ground, or do we want it raised, or even benches? Or bring your own bag chair or blanket to sit on?
Keep it grassy or make it easy to maintain with brick or concrete?
What kind of stage? What material? What shape? Covered or open? Covered with what? Lighted?
What kind of design character? Should it be thematically tied to other features of the park? Have a historical connection? Be modern and sleek? Fun and colorful?
How will it be used? For concerts and plays? For movies? Puppet shows for children? For food trucks? For public markets? For weddings? For yoga and dancing in the park? For classes and education? Public input on this is vital.
A lot of motivation to add something here came from people saying they feel "afraid" of the NE corner? Where does that feeling of fear come from? Would an amphitheatre address that?
What else is necessary to make it useful? Should there be grills nearby? Bike racks? Signage? Wifi? Toilets? Other consideration: traffic noise from adjacent streets?
What does the city need in a design? Easy to maintain? ADA accessible?
What fits in our budget?!?
So many questions! Yet all of these make a big difference in what we need! The more that we can think through what we want and give the city a design we love, the more likely we are to use it!
Got Questions? We've Got Answers!
Team Name: Open Spaces!
Coordinator: Kelley Rosburg - 402-672-4750 (mobile)
Goal: Make specific recommendations for various design elements that align with community priorities and desires and can be realistically implemented within the Park’s Department’s constraints for time, budget, etc.
Timeline: Recommendations submitted by November 2015
Current appearance of Northeast Corner.
Various approaches to seating.