Discovery Park Plaza

An all-season venue that seamlessly integrates art, architecture, and landscape to anchor and unify Parker’s burgeoning cultural district.

Size
5,000 SF | 27,000 SF Outdoor | 1.4 acres

Year
2016

Location
Parker, CO

Partner
Architerra Group

Awards
2018 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, Downtown Colorado, Inc.

2018 Honor Award for Design, American Society of Landscape Architects, Colorado

2018 Best Park Project for a Medium Community Size American Public Works Association Colorado Chapter

Client
Town of Parker

Located next to the new Anderson Mason Dale-designed Douglas County Library and across the street from the PACE Center, Parker’s Discovery Park and Plaza was designed as a four-season destination meant to complement the city’s burgeoning cultural district. Awarded the 2018 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence, the park and plaza carefully intertwine elements such as a water feature and splash pad fountain, a 350-foot-long ice skating ribbon, sculptural public art, and an outdoor all-season band-shell. Three contemporary pavilions designed with timeless materials including Colorado-sourced Endicott brick veneer, natural wood soffits, decorative and polished concrete, and glass support these programs while shaping the interstitial park and event spaces.

The challenge of creating a park and plaza that might attract visitors and community in all seasons is exemplified by the park and plaza’s thoughtful integration of landscape, architecture, and state-of-the-art engineering to create distinct, seasonally driven program spaces within the same site footprint and location. For example, a portion of the site’s paved event space transforms into the Parker Ice trail in the winter. During the summer months, a portion of the ice trail becomes a warm-weather water feature, complete with programmable water jets embedded below the paving surface and color changing LED lights.

Discovery Park Plaza reflects place-making at its finest; the plaza has already become a well-loved landmark within the Town of Parker, Colorado. From day to day, the park attracts a multigenerational demographic drawn to the park for its varied programming and, for the adjacent workforce within the cultural district, pleasant outdoor spaces for collaboration, socialization, concessions, and respite.

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