Beginning in 2012, more than 200 community members and a Youth Design Team gave their input on how they thought the land where the former Clark Regional Medical Center stood should be used. Community voices were clear in calling for an innovative public park. The park was dubbed “Project 1107” for its address at 1107 W. Lexington Ave.
Public roundtable participants and Project 1107 Committee created the following guiding principles:
- Mentally and Physically Inspiring
- Geared Toward Family and Individual Activities
- Incorporates Public Art
- Incorporates Environmentally Friendly Infrastructure
- Must Add Cultural and Economic Value to the Community
Using these principles, community members discussed and made recommendations about what they wanted to see in the park. Local experts were brought in to begin creating a design concept. They included landscape architect Bill Esarey, architect and designer Melody Farris Jackson, and landscape architecture professor Ned Crankshaw.
In 2014, Fred Kent, founder of the Project for Public Spaces (PPS), came to Winchester to speak with community members about creating the new park, including how it will be used and what will be most valuable to the community. Kent introduced the Power of 10+ concept to community members.
“The idea behind this concept is that places thrive when users have a range of reasons (10+) to be there. These might include a place to sit, playgrounds to enjoy, art to touch, music to hear, food to eat, history to experience, and people to meet. Ideally, some of these activities will be unique to that particular place, reflecting the culture and history of the surrounding community.” – Project for Public Spaces
Kent also provided insights and lessons from park projects across the country; all in an effort to help Clark County create a great park.
From Concept to Reality
Regional firms CARMAN and Dean Builds were selected to design and construct Legacy Grove. In addition, Learning Landscapes Design, a firm nationally known for its forward-thinking play-area designs, was hired to work with the Youth Design Team to create the two-acre play area.
Construction began in Spring 2018 and was completed in 2019. The park was named Legacy Grove.
With the park build complete, Legacy Greenscapes was created to manage and maintain Legacy Grove.
Great Communities have Great Public Parks
When we say, “great communities have great public parks,” we mean it. Public parks enhance our community’s quality of life and well-being. Research backs that up. Public spaces provide spaces for social interaction, foster a sense of belonging and pride in the area, encourage a more outdoor lifestyle, provide opportunities for physical activity and play, and reduce stress.* Other studies show green spaces lower blood pressure, improve attention and reduce feelings of fear and anger or aggression.
In addition to health and social benefits, great public spaces also have the ability to attract businesses and create jobs. Easy access to parks and open space has become a new measure of community wealth nationwide. It’s an important way to attract businesses and residents by guaranteeing both quality of life and economic health. Corporate CEO’s say quality of life for employees is the third-most important factor in locating a business, behind access to domestic markets and availability of skilled labor.**
*Study by Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
**“How Cities Use Parks for Economic Development,” American Planning Association