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Village of Sussex Master Plan Design - Sussex, Wisconsin

Village of Sussex Master Plan Design- Sussex, WisconsinIn 2011, the Village of Sussex engaged in an extensive master planning process for their large, main public community park. This park is in the heart of the community and hosts numerous important events throughout the year, including old car and antique tractor shows, 4th of July fireworks, Lion’s Days Festival, baseball tournaments and other civic events. This diverse park also offers park users active and passive recreational opportunities including disc golf, walking trails, baseball, connection to a County bike trail system, tennis and picnicking.

In early 2012, RA Smith National was hired to conduct a series of design charrettes and a visioning session for the four main phases of the master plan to assist the stakeholders, user groups and park board members in resolving and visualizing several design issues throughout main areas of the park.

During each of the four design charrettes, various user groups and citizens were invited to participate in the 3D visioning sessions. Through a process of extensive Q&A with the participants, several key factors were identified that impacted the park design. By using both image boards to depict various park elements and Google SketchUp as a live design tool, participants were able to make decisions and draw consensus through the use of 3D imagery, and the park design was being developed in real time.

These sessions led to a series of “designs within a design,” which included four key park areas: a recreational core, and event core, trails & open space and a quad baseball diamond complex. Each of these four main areas had a significant impact on the other three, so the charrette process helped to flesh out many of the spatial relationships and programming issues that needed to be resolved before presenting the project and budget to the Village of Sussex Park Board. Several of the color plans and renderings that were produced during the visioning sessions will be used to promote the project to the community and for fundraising purposes.

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