community, one of the neighborhood’s key assets is Woodmere Park—a 23 acre park that traverses throughout
the community. The park offers over a mile of walking trails through a variety of interesting settings. A centerpiece to the park is the large pond and nearby grove that offer a relaxing and heavily-shaded setting.
Unfortunately, the park is bisected by Woodmere Drive—a wide street that induces high speed traffic through the
middle of the park. A key goal of this Plan is to “calm” the traffic speeds on Woodmere Drive by increasing on-street parking while decreasing lane widths. This “road diet” will make Woodmere Drive a safer intersection for the pedestrians and other non-vehicular users of in the park while still accommodating for parking and traffic needs. The end result is that, instead of acting like two different parks bisected by a high speed street—Woodmere Park will return to its roots as a relaxing, linear park that places the safety and comfort of the park user first and foremost in the design of the park.
The Woodmere community has adopted the theme of “Beautiful Parks and Home to the Arts”. To fully realize
this theme, outdoor public art should be incorporated into the park to better tie the park into the neighborhood. By
re-branding Woodmere Park into Woodmere Arts Park, the park itself takes on a more defined identity—an identity that re-establishes a common theme among the park and neighborhood.
One way to do this is to develop a signature outdoor art piece that provides a terminated vista between the pond
and Blount Cultural Park. Terminated vistas are important tools in providing orientation to locations, including parks.With the long views from the Blount Cultural Park entrance at Woodmere Boulevard into the pond area, an ideal location for a terminated vista that would serve as a park icon as well as a connecting piece between these two parks is found in this part of the park.
A key goal of this Plan is to precisely identify this terminated vista and work with the community to identify what
type of outdoor public art should be installed to represent this important connection to Blount Cultural Park.
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