Attention to MacIntyre Park first began in 2015 when a group of Thomasville City School fifth grade design lab students made a plan for improvements as part of a class project. They noted foot traffic hazards, stream bank deterioration and inadequate play equipment. In 2016, the City secured an award from the Citizens’ Institute for Rural DesignTM to host a 4-day effort to engage the public, current park users and national and local planning experts to construct a vision for this park. The charrette was held October 26-29, 2016, and included more than 300 participants with an interest in charting the course for MacIntyre Park’s future. You can view the master plan for MacIntyre Park here.
- Project was born from a fifth grade design lab class
- Aided by a grant from Citizens’ Institute for Rural DesignTM, a week-long charrette process was hosted by the City to solicit input on the future for the park
- More than 300 participants, including design professionals, education partners, staff and community members participated in the visioning process
- Final master plan includes strengthening the waterways within the park
- Unnamed creeks have been named Sunbeam and Hero Creeks, as voted on by community
- City will create an implementation schedule to take its vision to reality