Mendon Ponds Park Trailhead

Type: Public (RIT Design Project)
 
Location: Mendon, New York
 
Task:
The County of Monroe would like to create a central trail head in Mendon Ponds Park, the most widely used park in the County’s system. As the designer of the project, you will be completing some pre-design work followed by a comprehensive schematic design for the project.
Summary:

This proposed trail head building is to be the new gathering center for Mendon Ponds Park.  It should serve as not only a starting point for a variety of the parks uses and activities but also a meeting point and event center itself.  This schematic design proposes an earthen bridge to provide a covering for the structure but also a pathway over the structure, connecting trails tucking the building into the site.  Drainage and topography were considered as the main design factors, with sunlight and wind also taken into consideration.

This new bridge provides not only a viewpoint for the natural amphitheater located to the western edge of the structure but also an evvent space .  During the winter months, this area could be used as an educational and recreational area for skiing and sledding.  The building becomes part of theuse of the park.

Concept
Inventory of Spaces:
Floor Plan
  1. Storage Area

  2. Kitchen

  3. Restrooms

  4. Eating and Gathering Area

  5. Office Space

  6. Reception and Display Area

  7. Multi-Purpose Rooms

  8. Mechanical and Storage

  9. Wintertime Area

  10. Outdoor Eating Area

  11. All-Season Area

  12. Natural Amphitheater

  13. Summertime Space

SITE AND BUILDING SECTION A-A

WEST ELEVATION

SITE AND BUILDING SECTION B-B

© 2021 by Douglas J. Templeton

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