Vision to Reality: Passatempo Park, Dublin
There is nothing more rewarding, and stressful at times, than seeing projects under construction. These projects turn into our babies that grow over many months, sometimes years, through the design process only to be built and released into the world. The construction period is similar to giving birth in that expecting parents (designers) nervously wait to see their child (their projects) enter the world. And yes, it can sometimes be very painful!
Well, Callander Associates has been participating in yet another birth. This time Passatempo Park in Dublin is close to becoming a reality. Having started and stopped a couple of times over the past few years due to the recession, the park is finally set for a winter grand opening. This five acre neighborhood park will serve a newly constructed neighborhood providing a variety of amenities including thematic play areas, picnic and barbeques facilities, restrooms, large open turf areas, ornamental vineyards, seating areas, and drought tolerant landscaping.
Looking back Passatempo Park sure provided us a unique set of challenges including our first foray into creating a sun dial and the precision it requires to ensure that it will tell the right time, lengthy discussions on how to represent layers of earth on the seatwall faces around the play area, and use ability of fields sloping at less than 5% versus slopes greater than 5%. As with any child there can be some growing pains over the years, but all those will be forgotten as the park opens and the children start enjoying the play area, families gather and have picnics, and the entire community gets to enjoy Passatempo Park’s many amenities.
Brian Fletcher, Principal in Charge & Dave Rubin, Project Manager