The Greater Clark Foundation (GCF) announced today that it will create an ambitious and imaginative public green space intended to draw visitors from throughout the state and the region while creating a legacy of well-being in the community. The project will transform nearly 30 acres of land that formerly was the site of Winchester’s Clark Regional Medical Center.
Other elements of the design, which was first unveiled to the community on Thursday evening include:
• meandering trails designed for athletic and casual use, including a 1-mile loop that circles the space, while paths along the sculptural mounding and natural areas allow for variety in distance, challenge level and scenery;
• two-acre children’s play areas meant to inspire mental and physical abilities, and encourage outdoor activities that develop healthy families and communities; and,
• large lawn areas for family games, kite flying, picnics and other individual or group activities.
Two Winchester residents – renowned landscape architect Bill Esarey of wee landscape architecture, Inc. and Melody Farris Jackson, a designer and visual artist for Metafour Designs –created this initial design concept, which includes all of the most desired elements and ideas gleaned from community members who participated in roundtable discussions regarding various recreational, educational and cultural activities for the space.
“This project will be the most important and impactful contribution we, as a community, can make to Winchester and the Greater Clark County area in our lifetime,” said Paul Embs, Chair, GCF Board of Directors.
“Everyone in the community will be talking about this inspiring space that will be both beautiful and functional, and that will draw visitors from around the region,” said Beth Willett, GCF Program Officer.