MacKay Sposito was hired by the City of Ridgefield to develop a master plan for Abrams Community Park. This 22-acre community park is surrounded by natural areas within the Gee Creek drainage basin in Ridgefield, Washington. This park serves as the heart of the community, offering recreational opportunities and community programs ranging from the 4th of July festival, sports fields, trails, and natural areas.
The master planning effort involved the evaluation of the existing park facilities and natural areas, attending public open house events and park advisory board meetings, providing a conceptual master plan and developing a final master plan and recommendations. A few of these recommendations included: new playgrounds, upgraded sports fields, new parking facilities, a new caretaker’s residence, storage buildings, the remodel of several existing community buildings, a new restroom facility and picnic shelters, trails, interpretive signage, event and open space, stream restoration, and wetland mitigation.
The project was unique in that the park is heavily encumbered by wetlands, stream buffers, and other environmental constraints, while at the same time is heavily programmed. During the master planning process the design team successively navigated the constraints and the community’s desires, which in the end created a master plan that was environmentally sensitive and sustainable. Lastly, this master plan met the needs of the community and the City of Ridgefield.