Park Improvement Planning
Project Update – October 2017
Join us on Thursday, November 9 as we celebrate the new playground areas at MacIntyre Park and Weston Park! These new features to two of our most beloved greenspaces follow public visioning sessions that focused on imrpoving both public spaces.
The MacInyre Park ribbon cutting will be held at 10:00 a.m. The Weston Park ribbon cutting will be held at 11:00 a.m.
Click here to view some of the changes at MacIntyre Park. New equipment will be installed at Weston Park in November. While this work is in progress, the Weston playground area will be closed.
We are very excited to bring these upgrades to our public greenspaces!
The City of Thomasville recently hosted a series of open houses to gather input on improving Francis Weston Park. The public contributed ideas about the park’s future and met the design team.
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