Town Centre Park News

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 Mayor Announces a “Save the Date” for the Grand Opening!

Mayor Mae Umphlett announced Saturday, July 8, 2017 as the date for the Grand Opening Celebration of Town Centre Park.

Schedule of Events:

9:00 AM                       Dedication Ceremonies & Ribbon Cutting

10:00 AM-1:00 PM     Crafts, games, story telling, face painting, 1 act children’s plays and dancing for the kids;                                                     “behind-the-scenes”tours for adults

6:00 PM-10:00 PM     Inaugural Concert on the Half Shell Stage. Evening entertainment with local food vendors,                                                  adult beverages and music.

7:00-10:00 PM             Music by Soul Expressions

Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the concert.

NO COOLERS ALLOWED.
Enter the park at the Town Centre Drive entrance. Satellite parking available at the Chesapeake Commons Shopping Center at 463 North Main Street.  Shuttle service provided throughout the day and evening courtesy of Bay Transit. Good dogs on leashes are welcomed.

Interested in being a food vendor? Please complete this application. We are not seeking vendors of crafts or services.

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Want to Sponsor a Piece of the Park?

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There’s been great community interest in the Park with lots of questions about “can I honor someone?” or “may I contribute?”. Of course you can! We have developed a listing of items that can be sponsored in honor or memory of a loved one or if you just want to be a Friend of the Park and sponsor a tree. Here is the listing of the items available and an order form.

New Logo Unveiled

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The new logo for Town Centre Park was unveiled at the April 17, 2017 Town Council meeting. a crisp modern look that features an amphitheatre cupola as its defining feature. “The community asked for an amphitheatre when we were planning the park so we wanted to incorporate an aspect of that into the park’s logo. There is a curved “swoosh” in the design that mimics the curvature of the seating as well. ”

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We have launched an newsletter to keep you updated on the park’s progress. Sign up on the Town Centre Park Facebook page for the park.The first issue was November 29, 2016. Click the links to read more . . .

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Views of the Park under Construction

 Kilmarnock Presentation Board overview

 

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Aerials of the site. Main Street is at the lower edge of each view. Town Centre Drive is on the right side.

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The amphitheatre being framed.

 A close up of the Pavilion or colonnade. It is an open sided structure and can have many uses: central gathering place, a ticket center, drive up farmers’ market, vendor locations.Kilmarnock_03_pavilion

 The view from the Main Street entrance looking through the Pavilion to the amphitheatre in the background.

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Two views of the central plaza. Suitable for special events, a music venue & can hold several 10 x 10′ vendor tents.

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 Looking towards Main Street.

This is the view from the central plaza area looking towards the amplitheater.

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The  view below is from above the stage of the amplitheatre looks back towards N. Main Street. There is a large paved area in front of the stage and three rows of terraced seating with blanket seating behind that.

 

 

 

The view below is of the play  and picnic area to the left of the central plaza.  Main Street is to the right in the picture. The Building is the bath house and below is  the “Waterworks”, a splash pad area and behind that, the bath house with restrooms. A splash pad is much like a fountain but flush with the surface.

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This view is of the playground.

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Current pictures coming!

 

 

 

Timeline of Activities

Engineering Begins

November, 2015: Town Council authorizes engineering documents to be developed for all aspects of the park. These documents will be used for construction bids in 2016.

New Signage Arrives

July, 2015: The engineering for the Kilmarnock Town Centre Park is underway and new signs are out showing the locations of the various features. The smaller sign is on the location of the central plaza feature-the heart of the park.

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Town Park has an Official Name

April, 2015: “The Kilmarnock Town Centre Park” is the culmination of several reviews to give the site an official name. It reflects Town Centre Drive which runs along the southern most side of the property and indicates the central location of the park. Congratulations to all involved!

Creating a New Park on North Main Street

The Town of Kilmarnock owns an area of land consisting of approximately 9 acres located on N. Main Street and near the center of town.  Currently, this property is relatively undeveloped, only containing a community dog park and serving as a location for various events. Click here for a map of the location.

Kilmarnock  launched a process to create a  master plan and implementation plan for this site. The town wanted this process be one of significant community involvement and developed based on the needs and desires of the community at large. The end result would deliver a phased approach to a defined set of features at the site. Together with town staff and a community management team, the team  lead the processes of 1) defining the purpose of the park 2) creating processes for community input and involvement  3) delivering a phased sequence of deliverables and 4) cost estimates.

Final Concept Drawing

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This drawing depicts the final concepts endorsed by the community management team and presented to Town Council for their endorsement.  Key features are an amphitheater, play areas for children, adults and dogs, a multi-use, open sided structure, picnic areas and a splash pad plus infrastructure elements of parking and restrooms.

The “splash pad” is a water feature for play much like a fountain. The water is recirculated and reused. The central feature is an amphitheater with a plaza and drop off area to the front front. This plaza area can have multiple uses such as the Town’s holiday tree or a tourism feature such as a Virginia LOVE Works sculpture. The open sided structure or “colonnade” is intended for seasonal events such as fairs, produce markets or other community events.

For more details on the recommendation and the methodology the community management team used, please view the Site Master Plan Report. This is an exciting amenity for the entire community to enjoy and one that continues to place Kilmarnock as a vibrant place to live, work and enjoy!

For more details see  the Site Master Plan.report 11 2014 or  call Marshall Sebra at 804.435.1552 x32 or msebra@kilmarnockva.com.