In the summer of 2018, I worked as the interim head industrial designer for The Shop: Design and Construction. The main project I worked on was a community park for the City of Providence Department of Parks and recreation. My contributions included designing the park equipment, providing CAD models + renderings, and supplying detailed drawings. In addition, I oversaw construction and communicated with members of the Department of Parks and Recreation.
Camden Ave Park is a community space located next to a recreation center and a developing neighborhood.
The main task: to revitalize the park and create a community environment that fosters outdoor play for all ages.
Some key design constraints involve safety standards used by the Department and a focus on renewable and responsible materials and construction methods.
Laying the Groundwork
The existing park consisted of a small bike path and pre-fabricated play space. In conjunction with the new park equipment, the Department of Parks and Recreation spearheaded a community garden project to help revitalize the park.
The chosen site lies on the north-west corner of the park. Consisting of a neglected volleyball pit and a concrete retaining wall, this was an underutilized area of the park.
Initial Design Concepts
The approach taken involves two main phases. The first consists of implementing structures within the area surrounding the existing retaining wall, creating a free-play environment. The second phase revolves around a central pump track that will consist of a paved loop path containing several bumps and berms. The pump track will use a portion of the existing path to cut down on paving costs.
Starting in early 2018, The Shop: Design and Construction got to work cleaning up the site with the help of the community through volunteer-organized park clean-up days.
In addition to adding new structures, the existing concrete retaining wall was painted by a local tattoo & graffiti artist. This same artist later painted the black locust log structures to tie the park elements together in a fun and lively way.
Railing Posts + Log Climbing Elements - Black locust logs
Climbing Bars - Painted Steel Pipes
Trash Cans - Repurposed Steel Drums
Wood Chip Retainers - Railroad Ties
Benches - Reclaimed Black Locust + Steel Pipe
*all materials sustainably sourced
Completed Phase 1
Phase 2 construction currently awaiting approval from the City of Providence