South Bend, Indiana
Project Detail Information
Lehman & Lehman worked with South Bend Parks and Recreation to develop the Southeast Neighborhood Park space specifically for students from Ivy Tech, employees of nearby industry, children from the Boys & Girls Club, and families from adjacent housing.
The new park spaces, connected by an overall looping 8 foot wide paved trail, include: seating areas; playground; 0-depth water sprayground; basketball court; large picnic pavilion with restrooms; small picnic pavilion; passive open lawn; passive open field for pick-up sports.
The playground includes a permanent poured-in-place rubber surface, reducing the need for constant maintenance upkeep and the potential clogging of sprayground drains as children move between the playground and sprayground. Special selection of materials throughout the park—from benches to plantings—ensure that the park elements are as maintenance free as possible.
To assist in defining the site as a neighborhood park, new streetscape improvements were implemented, including parallel parking along both sides of the street, new street trees, additional stop signs, and brick cross walks at street intersections. Several existing large trees were left in place in order to maintain the site’s character.