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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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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Site Location Heritage Park & Gardens Base Aerial Live Oak Suwannee County Florida Historic Estate Property Purchased by the City of Live Oak Goal is to build a community park


Existing Program Occasional house tours Location for Board meetings Estate Planting Plan by Gail Hensen and Max Gooding Persepctives by Max Gooding Proposed Planting Plan (illustrated by Max Gooding)


Early Beginnings -Property rst purchased in 1937 -Architect: Bernard W. Close -Landscape Architect: Richard Forester -Sold to Crapps Family in 1951 -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 History


Site Features Helvenston Street Cross Avenue Railroad Avenue Crapps Estate Historic Driveway Service Entrance Open Field (yellow) Good Vistas Historic Servant Quarters Chinese Grape Arbor Open Field (yellow) Pecan Grove Future Rails to Trails (owned by the city) Pine Plantation (o property) Mixed Hardwoods Topography Map


Site Features West Parcel Pecan Grove Rails to Trails Open Field Horse Stable


Site Features East Parcel Crapps Estate Entrance Columns Chinese Grape Arbor Mixed Hardwoods Historic Cottages Open Fields


Chinese Grape Arbor Entrance Columns Historic Cottages Crapps Estate Derelict Horse Stable Maintenance Building Garden Shed Site Features Structures


Context Features First Federal Sportsplex Heritage Park & Gardens Harrell Heights Park John H. Hale Community Park Suwannee Elementary School Suwannee Middle School Suwannee High School 5 min 10 min 20 min Heritage Park & Gardens Key Park and Walkability Diagram Landuse Map


User Analysis 1. Who are the users? a) Live Oak populous b) Out-of-town family and friends c) Tourists d) Traveling individuals/groups with a purpose to visit (art show, wedding, concert, sport event, etc.) 2. How will they use the space? Families and friends who enjoy outdoor recreation such as: picnicking, sunbathing, relaxing, etc. Users who need specic event space. For example: weddings, art shows, car museums, holiday events, school eld trips, etc. Outdoor exercisers which include: walkers, joggers, cyclists, organized classes such as yoga, etc. Outdoor nature activities such as: bird watchers, buttery enthusiasts, plant/ower enthusiasts, etc. Users who enjoy organized sports such as: baseball, soccer, football, tennis basketball, volleyball, etc. Users (local of foreign) with historic interest for subjects like: e Crapps Estate, Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida, the native vegetation, etc. 1. Identifying the Users 2. Researching the demographics 3. Understanding how the space can be used


Features Historic Oak Tree Symbol Pecan Grove Historic Buildings Visual Water Amenity Native Outdoor Garden Rails to Trails Services Weddings Venues (art shows, car shows, concerts, etc.) Education Estate Tours Festivals Event Space Activities Varied Sport Play Walking/Jogging/ Biking Lounging/Relaxing Various Hosted Events Sight Seeing Facilities Community Center Sporting Fields (soccer, tennis, basketball, etc.) Picnic Pavilions Restrooms Education Center Estate House Program & Guiding Principles Maintain historical site signicance Provide park services and activities for all ages and multiple interests Create a sense of arrival and journey within Incorporate and promote sustainability Integrate surrounding city features and opportunities Showcase the park as a varied and unique recreational space Promote education of exercise, history, and culture Maintain the unique pastoral feel of the estate throughout the rest of the park. Program Guiding Principles


Concepts Diagrammatic Spacial Spacial emed emed Rened emed


Master plan


Master plan emes e Lake e Grove e Fields e Estate The Heritage Park & Gardens master plan has been designed with four distinct themes: The Lake, The Grove, The Estate, and the The Fields. These themes are named after a major focal in each area and


e Lake Bike/Jog Path Open Field for Various Activities Tennis Courts Picnic Pavilions Basketball / Volleyball Courts Potential Lake Scene Volleyball Recreation Open space Jogging/Bike Paths Potential Pavilion Design 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


e Grove Community Center Native Garden Existing Pecan Garden Potential Community Center Design Existing Pecan Tree Rails to Trails Native Garden 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.


e Estate Original Chinese Grape Arbor Historic Cottages Crapps Estate Estate Entrance Chinese Grape Arbor Education Center (Historic Cottages) Entrance Columns Underneath the Arbor View from the Estate 2nd Floor Vegetation 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.


e Fields Large Recreation Fields/Facilities (baseball, soccer) Current Existing Field Art Show Event 4th of July Event Large Field Recreation 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


Heritage Park Gardens &