The Village TIF project advances previous planning level studies into a conceptual design for 15 acres of linear park within the Village’s TIF District. Features along the park include a fountain plaza, event stage, playground, and over a mile of paths. LAUD led the project team including traffic engineering, architectural, structural engineering, and construction estimation services.
The Village TIF Project is focused along Vineyard Boulevard in the northeast corner of The Village at Hefner Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. The project also includes Village Drive south to meet Britton Road.
The proposed Vineyard Road Diet would eliminate the median and move all traffic to the north side of the boulevard. The south side of the boulevard would be removed and replaced with a linear park including a 10’ wide multipath.
New walkways cut through the existing closed circle of The Village Green making a strong connection both to the library and the sidewalk, welcoming users into the space.
A new amphitheater with terraced seating is a place for story time, or outdoor presentations. The rentable space could be used for small weddings or other events as well.
One wedge of the green becomes a reading garden. Niches for benches would be cut into plantings suited for the shade of the established trees. .
While a main element of the linear park is a 10’ wide multipath for walking, running, biking, etc., the programming distributed along the length of the park is equally important. The Masonic Playground shown above peaks over border plantings. A contrasting walkway leads to the library’s main entrance.
The reconfigured parking lot projects from the face of the library, aligning cars with the library entrance. A walkway connects the parking lot to the playground, and leads across to the Village Green. A retaining wall overcomes the grade change across the site, and provides a hard boundary for the playground. Wide planting borders hold trees for shade and keep children far from the retaining wall edge.
The Art Walk begins at the Masonic Playground and leads visitors west towards the intersection with the Hawthorne Connector, then on to the Civic Park. The option shown above is a framework for rotating art installations. Cables run the length of the structure for hanging installations overhead.
The multipath widens and is reinforced to accomodate food trucks. Nearby seating provides the perfect spot for a casual lunch.
A fountain of in-ground spray heads is a place to cool off and play. Benches shaded by trees flank the fountain. For larger events the fountain can be turned off, and the plaza can be filled with rows of seating.
The stage pavilion is designed to be multifunctional. Filled with tables and chairs for daily use, it transforms into a concert venue, a sit-in movie theater, a farmer’s market. Shown here on a movie night, the artificial turf lawn provides seating for visitors. The pavilion structure has built in projector and screen.
The unique shape of the site and presence of large utility easements presents opportunities for long strolling paths with screened borders leading to park programs.
Size: 15 acres
Project Team Members:
LAUD Studio - Prime
Traffic Engineer: Kimley-Horn
Cost Estimator: Pre Construction Services
Structural Engineer: Obelisk Engineering
Architect: Commonworks Architects