Design Context, Design Concepts: Critical Components of Park Planning


  • Dick G. Winchell


Park planning, park design, development process, design concepts, design context.


Park planning and design represents a complex process that begins with the decision to create a park and ends with the final construction and subsequent use of the park. A design context, design concepts study is an important step in park development which should precede the development of the site plan and working drawings. Design context examines community and resident needs, potential user demand, and site analysis. The design concepts are alternative frameworks for park facilities and their spatial arrangement on the selected site, which offer a range of options for decision makers. The design concepts, design context study is described in detail in this paper and demonstrated through its application to the development of a neighborhood park.





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