Midlothian Community Park Phase 2 Preliminary EngineeringCity of Midlothian Midlothian, Texas
Multiple staff and stakeholder meetings led to a concept plan that showed how all the elements relate to the site and each other and how they are connected by walkways and roads.
The program elements include a baseball/softball field complex with restroom/concession building and playground, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, multi-purpose sports court, community playground and splash pad with restroom building, picnic pavilions, walking trails with connections to adjacent neighborhoods, ponds and creek, parking lots, the park road, a maintenance yard, a sports league storage building, signage and electrical.
The programmed athletics consists of a baseball/softball complex comprised of six lighted fields of various sizes. The complex also includes a large plaza with a restroom/concession building, playground, covered dining areas and shaded concrete terraced bleachers. The passive recreation area includes an amphitheater, community playground and splashpad, restroom building, various sport courts, picnic pavilion, preserved natural areas and walking trails.
The splash pad is intended to be a flow-through system as opposed to a recirculating system. The water used at the splash pad will drain into the irrigation pond and then be used to irrigate the park. Therefore, the splash pad is situated to sit approximately 5 feet higher than the surface of the irrigation pond. The water will flow from the splash pad to the irrigation pond in a manmade channel to replicate a creek.
The area along the creek and stock tank was preserved to maintain the natural character of the creek corridor and to serve as a buffer between the park and the nearby neighborhood.
As many existing trees will be preserved as possible. Additional landscaping will be provided to screen the facility from 14th Street.
The master plan also included ways to strengthen the park’s identity that began in Phase 1, such as the consistent use of materials and colors and a signage package that included entry monuments, wayfinding signage, location markers and trail distance markers that are used throughout both phases.