Heritage Park & Gardens


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Heritage Park & Gardens
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Project in lieu of thesis
Evitt, Joshua
School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, College of Design, Construction and Planning, University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, Fla
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Subjects / Keywords:
Sense of Place


Heritage Park & Gardens is a community park design. This project aims at creating an environment that meets the needs of the users, the land, and the history surrounding it. Heritage Park & Gardens is set in a small rural town called Live Oak, Florida. The property is a seventy-four acre historic estate that was purchased by the city with an intent to provide a park to its residents and meet the needs of the community. This book's ultimate goals are to meet the needs of the client, showcase the design abilities of the author, and provide a resource for those interested in community park design. This book outlines, details, and illustrates the author's process to design the park and meet his ultimate goals. The book has been presented in a way for both designers and non-designers to understand the author's progress from start to finish.
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Landscape Architecture capstone project

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University of Florida Institutional Repository
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University of Florida
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Heritage Park & Gardens The History The site is located in Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida in the southeast portion of the city. Side Entrance of the Historic Estate View from under the Chinese Grape Arbor Front Entrance of the Park Existing Vegetation Original Driveway Aerial photo of the two parcels that make up the site (property lines in yellow). State of Florida Suwannee County City of Live Oak the community the environment A Park Design for: the history the sense of place Early Beginnings -Property rst purchased in 1937 -Architect: Bernard W. Close -Landscape Architect: Richard Forester -1951: Fire burns down the house -1955: House is rebuilt by original architect Current Era -Maintained by the City of Live Oak -Used for club meetings and site tours of the property -Original architecture and landscape still intact today Site Conditions -Original vegetative species remaining (oaks, pines, azaleas) -Large historic pecan grove in healthy condition -Most of the site is open and unoccupied -Excellent vistas throughout the site


The Concepts The Master Plan Concept: Concept: Estate Preservation Concept: Connecting Elements The master plan has been designed with four primary themes. Each of these spaces create separate unique experiences but as a whole, they contain elements that unify them and create cohesion throughout the site. The Lake The Grove The Fields The Estate Concept Diagramming 0 100 300


The Lake The Grove Community Center Bike/Jog Path Open Field for Various Activities Tennis Courts Basketball / Volleyball Courts Native Garden Existing Pecan Garden Potential Lake Scene Potential Pavilion Design Existing Pecan Tree Pecan Festivals Large Hill for Vistas Historic pecan grove provides opportunity for pecan festivals and gatherings e Community Center provides indoor possibilities and acts as a hub for the west parcel. Native plant garden provided for education and enjoyment. Provides a welcomed and unique water feature to the area. Smaller recreation activities (tennis, basketball, volleyball) Bike/jog path bends around the lake for vistas Picnic pavilions provided for shade and seating 0 200 600 0 150 450


The Estate The Fields Large Recreation Fields/Facilities (baseball, soccer) Original Chinese Grape Arbor Historic Cottages Original Estate Front of the Estate Eye Catching Grape Arbor Two of the three historic cottages Current Existing Field Art Show Event 4th of July Event Large Field Recreation e Estate provides events for weddings, meetings, tours, etc. e cottages will be retrotted for education classes. e Grape Arbor provides stunning views for weddings, family photos, and overall scenery. Ample Space for large scale events (art shows, holiday celebrations, car shows, etc.) Flexible space for casual baseball/ soccer recreation Open Space for Organized Events 0 200 600 0 150 450