Park Improvement Planning
The City of Thomasville recently hosted a series of open houses to gather input on improving Francis Weston Park (pictured below). The public contributed ideas about the park’s future and meet the design team. Additional information about the potential design plans will be posted here soon.
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