The new pavilions at Chatham-Kent's Kingston Park repurposed wood from ash trees lost to the Emerald Ash Borer.
The new Waterplay Area at Kingston Park immediately became a popular local destination.
The Kingston Park revitalization added a system of formal and informal paths and spaces that can be walked, explored and occupied.
A rendered concept plan of the Kingston Park Revitalization.
Conceptual diagrams produced by Brown+Storey Architects during the design of the Kingston Park Revitalization.
The water play features introduced to Kingston Park continue to be popular in 2013.
A view of the centrepiece play area designed by Dan Euser WaterArchitecture.
The park revitalization prepared by Brown+Storey Architects integrated an existing 'toboggan hill' into the park's path and occupation system, and recycled concrete from an old public swimming pool as a ceremonial path.
Close-up of the swimming pool concrete recycled by Brown+Storey into Kingston Park's paths.
The new Kingston Park pavilion recycled wood from local ash trees claimed by the Emerald Ash Borer.
The park pavilion is designed both to provide shelter and to frame new and surprising views of the park and its surroundings.
The Kingston Park Revitalization project is a seven hectare multi-use regional park located in Chatham, Ontario. The Brown + Storey Architects Inc. team was shortlisted for the re-design of the existing Kingston Park site and was awarded the contract in early 2010 by the Municipality of Chatham -Kent. B+SAi worked closely with the municipality and the community through a series of public meetings to develop a sophisticated and exciting programnme that forms the basis for the design and organization of the new parkscape.
‘Revitalization’ is a term that is often used to describe many different kinds of projects. In our experience, we have taken the term to be more about finding those elements that act as catalysts to spur a transformation – a new beginning. It means looking at the park with fresh viewpoints – mapping and evaluating many of its physical and perceptual attributes and characteristics, and finding those strategic directions that will create new energy. The integrated relationships of homes and park land, mixes of programming, and relating these to a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure – water, movement, lighting, cultural, and more topically, an environmental approach that improves and considers each aspect of park design.
The main feature of the park is the splashpad / playground area. The splashpad features a long line of vertical geysers flanked by areas of mist, active play and a large dumping bucket. Adjacent to the waterplay area, a long open pergola structure provides the central facilities for the park operations, washrooms, offices, maintenance and even water treatment. The fountain system is designed to be a completely re-circulating system – water is continually drained back to the building, treated by a state-of-the-art set of UV filters and pumped back to the spray fixtures. The park also provides a wide range of amenities including large covered pavilions, long looping pathways that create numerous circuits around the park and multi-use areas and spaces for park activities to happen during all seasons.
Kingston Park opened on July 23, 2011 and was welcomed by the community and its many users that now have a place to go and have fun all year round.
Kingston Park Revitalization in the Media
Chatham’s Kingston Park Revitalization Project, designed by Brown and Storey Architects Inc. has won the 2012 Ontario Wood WORKS award for the Institutional and Commercial Wood Design <$10M category ... The jury noted that this park revitalization used trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer to produce a facility that the jury called ‘an extraordinary example in this typology of building.’
Chatham-Kent Daily Post, November 14, 2012
“Having this park revitalization recognized as the winner out of 25 in Ontario confirms what a great community asset we have,” said Communities in Bloom Co-ordinator Monica Moore. “Since its July opening, it has already become an exciting new family destination, drawing residents in from across the region.”
Chatham-Kent Daily Post, October 22, 2011
"For 13 months, residents of north Chatham lost the use of their biggest park, but that vanished in a double take or two Saturday when Kingston Park reopened.
"Hundreds of kids and their parents descended on the park for the grand opening. The giddy screams of delight from the kids and the smiles on their parents' faces said it all."
Bruce Corcoran, Chatham Daily News, July 26, 2011
Brown and Storey Architects Inc. (Architect, Project Lead)
Scott Torrance Landscape Architect Inc. (Landscape Architect)
Vanderwesten Rutherford Mantecon (Mechanical/Electrical)
Y. C. Liu Engineering Ltd. (Structural)
Thames Valley Engineering (Civil)
Pendlebury Consultants Inc. (Costing)
Dan Euser WaterArchitecture (Water Design)
For: Municipality of Chatham-Kent