This project involves the design and permitting of a new neighborhood park on a 4-acre portion of the Walnut Creek Greenbelt in Northeast Austin. As prime consultant to the City of Austin under the 2007-10 PARD Rotation List, MWM DesignGroup managed the project design and provided the architectural and civil engineering services.
Copperfield Park is a trail head for the Walnut Creek regional trail system and includes; a pavilion, a playscape and accessible quarter-mile loop trail connecting to the greenbelt. Other amenities include a small parking lot with 8 spaces carefully sited away from the park amenities, connecting accessible sidewalks, drinking fountain and sustainable lighting design that meet Dark-Sky standards as well as extremely low energy use.
One of the primary goals of this facility was to create a place for community gatherings and the reforestation with native tree species since the site was formerly farm land – goals successfully accomplished by MWM. All of the existing trees on the park have been carefully protected and the park amenities have been placed in such a way to take advantage of the shade from existing and proposed trees.
MWM DesignGroup utilized and enhanced an existing drainage channel to provide stormwater detention on site while preserving the existing wetland vegetation creating a natural parkland environment and avoided cost for construction of an additional pond. MWM coordinated all disciplines with Development and Building Permit reviews as well as collaborated closely with the Copperfield Neighborhood. MWM facilitated the community input meeting and helped prepared the graphic presentations that communicated the design intent to the stakeholders for community approval.