The Town of Addison, Texas, is a high-density urban community north of Dallas. Sasaki's design for the 10-acre urban park is ideal for everyday use as well as festivals of over 10,000 people. A landmark for the region, the district attracts almost one million people each year, who, in turn, support the town's hotels, restaurants, and retail. The park is a creative and cost-effective approach to making a civic place that attracts people and events to the center of the community.
Sasaki led a detailed planning and design process with the town to make the design work both as a park and festival site. The design preserves existing trees on the site and new building sites define the edges of the park. The design includes three distinct performance venues that maintain good sight lines at events, organize the queuing of ticket-holders, locate tents for events, and define spaces for food and beverage vendors. An infrastructure of electrical, water, and sewer hook-ups supports events ranging from Shakespeare in the Park and other 500- to 1,000-person events to 12,000-person rock concerts. A contemporary pavilion for 200 guests designed by Cunningham Architects was integrated into the landscape composition to support the event space with a kitchen, shade structure, and restrooms.
Groves of trees and fountains make the park an oasis for the high-density residential community surrounding the park. An interactive fountain in the central plaza is a magnet for families and children, while a series of linear fountains between shade trees creates a cooler microclimate for everyday use. A vine-covered arbor offers a shaded link to a regional transit stop, and defines distinct zones of the park during major events.
Sustainable features of the park include innovative rain and stormwater management, native plant materials, and regionally available building materials. In addition to preserving existing trees, the park also promotes reforestation.
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