Marshfield Parks & Recreation

Project Information

  • YEAR: 2022
  • CLIENT: City of Marshfield
  • SIZE: 40+ Acres
  • TYPE: Master Planning
  • LOCATION: Marshfield, Mo

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Patriot Park

Concept Design

Marshfield is a community of 7,300 people, and is proud of their heritage, including the birthplace of astronomer, Edwin Hubble.  There is a rich culture of honoring and commemorating individuals and organizations that have served their community as patriots and heroes, so their commitment and sacrifices are not forgotten. 

Sapp Design conducted a prelim Master Plan process of a 40-acre city-owned property in 2017 with the primary purpose of identifying a location for a new city pool and Activity Complex.

Through a community forum, the land was dedicated as Patriot Park – in honor of those citizens. 

Sapp Design conducted a Value-based workshop and developed a preliminary Concept Plan that will include various levels of celebratory symbols and places, from the incidental plaque or honorary park bench to more grand plaza spaces and/or monuments (such as a bronze eagle at a key focal point of the park.)

The client specifically chose not to focus the park on somber recollection, or cemetery-like memorials, but instead to celebrate the freedom and privileges that are afforded as a result of the commitment of those special men and women.  (Yet at selected locations to still honor and remember the ultimate sacrifice that many of those individuals have given.)

FEATURES:

Primarily, keep the park as organic and natural as possible, by minimizing the impact of parking, and maintaining the natural setting and trees where possible.

  • Pedestrian-focused, family-oriented, respectful, and thoughtful in nature.
  • Create opportunities for impromptu events and activities not yet imagined by staff and planners.
  • Address the growing pressure for regional team sport venues: Baseball, softball, soccer, etc.
  • Playscapes for all ages, particularly directed toward age groups that benefit most from increased activity. 
  • An on-site trail with fitness stations, which can also be opportunities to celebrate local heroes, through naming or engraved notations, etc.
  • Open recreation space for undefined play, dog walking, kite flying, etc.
  • Shade and gathering spaces that range from full-service covered pavilions for family and other group gatherings to minimal shade structures nestled along the trail
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