Pocket Park

 

SPark!
Coming Soon: Downtown Randolph Pocket Park
An Energetic Public Space

Background

Catamount Solar had grown to 16 full-time employees, and needed more space. They were in the process of purchasing a downtown parcel to expand their headquarters when RACDC approached them with a proposal. The idea was to transform a vacant corner of that lot, in a prominent location at the corner of Randolph Ave and Pleasant Street, into an engaging and beautiful community space to sit, eat lunch, play, reflect and maybe even recharge a cell phone. Catamount immediate embraced the vision and agreed to support the project by contributing the space and seed money to get the project off the ground.

The idea was inspired by the work of Ward Joyce, an architect and former VTC Professor who has led some impressive community renewal work in Montpelier. RACDC asked Ward to visit the site to see what he thought. Ward loved the idea and location, and agreed to lead the design process.

Moving Forward

Who?

The Randolph Pocket Park is an opportunity to bring the community together in the design, fundraising, and construction of the park to bring substantial change to the artistic landscape in downtown Randolph and to contribute a meaningful gathering space in downtown.

What?

We have started a fundraising campaign in order to begin construction in the summer.

The design of the park and the artistic and functional elements of the park are shown below. The scale to which these can be completed is up to the whole community to participate in any way they can through volunteering or donating. We have started a community wide fundraising campaign. The goal is $10,000 to finish all the features in the park to make the most out of the vacant space and the potential of downtown Randolph.

Why?

Your donation is not only going towards the benefits of having a community park, but the benefits that are multiplied many times over in its impact to the senior residents in the apartments next door, families in downtown, visitors, the surrounding businesses, and downtown beautification. Each and every donation goes towards making a better Randolph.

Donate

Volunteer

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Design

New design after February 2017 Community Design Input Meeting by Ward Joyce.

The design is complete after two Community Design Input Meetings. Thanks to all who participated at the meetings, through e-mail, and on social media.

 

Elements of the Park

The following are the functional and/or artistic elements in the design of the park.

1. LED lights animating the pergola and along the pathways powered by solar panels
2. Raised planters that the residents of the Red Lion Senior Housing across the street will tend
3. Pergola to shade a diverse seating area
4. Bike rack
5. Monumental Sculpture at the entrace of the park visible from Main Street
6. Chess Table
7. Paintings protected by plexi glass in between the poles in the pergola
8. Small sculpture for children to climb or sit

Pergola blueprintPlanter-with-bench-blueprint