What amenities are included in the park?
The four, full-sized rectangular fields will be artificial turf and striped for football, soccer and lacrosse. The Town would also have the ability to stripe the fields for softball and youth baseball if needed. Because two of the fields are at a different elevation than the other two fields, there will be a natural divide allowing for different sports to be played at the same time. A concession stand and restrooms will be at this location, with a walking trail surrounding the perimeter of the fields.
The splash pad is an area with water spraying features that has little to no standing water. It provides an opportunity to safely incorporate water play without requiring lifeguards and will be a family-friendly way to enjoy water on a hot summer day.
There are seven fundamental principles of an inclusive playground design: be fair, be included, be smart, be independent, be safe, be active and be comfortable. This playground will provide amenities for everyone and will include items specific for children with social, emotional, cognitive, physical, hearing or visual disabilities. The playground invites inclusive interaction for all children.
The challenge course and ADA accessible, adult fitness zone is an adult playground, providing fitness challenges and fun competitions for teenagers and adults to enjoy. The fitness course incorporates a workout through stationary items, and the challenge course includes competitive obstacles to enhance exercise.
Two pavilions are available for rent to the public: one at the splash pad and inclusive playground area, and the largest will be at the peak of the park. The hilltop pavilion accommodates 100 guests and overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. This pavilion features restrooms and is available for larger events. Other small picnic pavilions will be placed around the park in the future.
Nearly 1.5 miles of paved trails will be incorporated into the park and will provide connectivity with the nearby Huckleberry Trail. The trails will provide different levels of difficulty – ranging from relatively flat to a steeper hill climb – to meet the many needs of our community.
Passive recreation was important to incorporate in this park because it provides a calm environment for many different types of recreation, beyond organized sports. Green space allows for family and community connections, quiet walks, a space for an afternoon read or picnic and so much more.