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#1 Austin55

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 06:56 AM

I recently came across a graphic designer's website which had a few proposals for marketing material/branding etc. Among these was "Lancaster Green", which is described as

 

 

 

Marketing and promotion for the development of Lancaster Green, an eco-friendly urban park located outside of downtown Fort Worth, TX.

 

 

The location of this proposal is between 30, Lancaster, Lamar and Henderson, and would be partially set below the onramps onto I-30. This plot of land had been listed in past Downtown FW Inc. proposals for more park space in long-term master plans, so this strikes me as something that could likely be in the planning process. The concepts in the website are all very professional as well. The website uses June 2015 as an opening date (which I'm sure is just there for concept sake) and the copyright on most of the pages is from 2014, so this is something that I'd guess has been in the works for a while.

 

Here's a proposed logo,

 

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And here's a layout of the park on the site

 

 

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The idea of a new park in the location isn't stellar, being surrounded on most sides by roadways and the nearby land isn't great for development, but it could be of benefit to both the T&P warehouse and the Public Market. The park would be quite large and the multiple uses, including dog parks and performance area, remind me a bit of other park developments such as Klyde Warren or Discovery Green.

So all in all, don't know how serious this all is or when it might come to fruition, but this is no doubt something that's being planned so it's something to keep an eye on. 



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 08:20 AM

A park as envisioned is probably the best and highest use for that land. High density residential developments 4 blocks east and 4 blocks west will find this sort of open space as a desirable amenity, but an additional entrance from the west would help access for people coming from there. Music at the stage is going to need to be on "9" due to the noise of traffic from the surrounding streets, freeways, and access ramps. I am curious how the use of the former Star-Telegram warehouse as an administrative center will be realized, is it big enough to house a city department like Parks? Does the city own it? And how is the plan going to deal with the gas pad in the southeast corner of the development; you can't park on it, you can't let dogs play on it, you can't pave it over. There has to be continuing access to that site for periodic maintenance, fracking, and disaster mitigation. Perhaps an educational aspect could be built into the park if a weather/air pollution observation station could be incorporated that would have hands-on interactivity with visitors and/or periodic "docent" demonstrations...



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 12:22 PM

A park as envisioned is probably the best and highest use for that land. High density residential developments 4 blocks east and 4 blocks west will find this sort of open space as a desirable amenity, but an additional entrance from the west would help access for people coming from there. Music at the stage is going to need to be on "9" due to the noise of traffic from the surrounding streets, freeways, and access ramps. I am curious how the use of the former Star-Telegram warehouse as an administrative center will be realized, is it big enough to house a city department like Parks? Does the city own it? And how is the plan going to deal with the gas pad in the southeast corner of the development; you can't park on it, you can't let dogs play on it, you can't pave it over. There has to be continuing access to that site for periodic maintenance, fracking, and disaster mitigation. Perhaps an educational aspect could be built into the park if a weather/air pollution observation station could be incorporated that would have hands-on interactivity with visitors and/or periodic "docent" demonstrations...

 

Too much scrutiny.

 

If there is a public safety issue, then closer scrutiny is warranted; but beyond that,  clearly a park created at this location ought to be considered and ultimately tailored to pedestrian/foot traffic - and not the automobile.

 

One thing that I would like added to the plan is a "train observation deck".  I understand that where such decks have been created, the public has taken a great interest for using them.

 

Otherwise, I find the plan use of this location visionary and an admirable effort to promote a new green space.



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 12:43 PM

Good points by everyone. 

It appears the land has a few different ownders, particualr the ST warhouse. The rest is owned by state or city. 

 

Hasn't Top Golf built over top of a gas pad well? I've been watching that and it seems like it has, but hard to tell. 

 

Another thing to consider is that this may depend on the Hemphill-Lamar connector, which means it could be a while before this comes further into fruition. 



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Posted 25 September 2016 - 06:27 PM

I'd be more for this if we reconfigured that section of downtown like you did in the other post:

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Posted 25 September 2016 - 06:43 PM

Looks like maybe it was just an imaginary project for a graphic design class? Or maybe a demonstration of capabilities for a graphic designer? The "design firm" namesake seems to be a graphic designer in Dallas.

 

From the About page at that site:

Kim is a graphic designer based in Dallas, TX. After earning her BFA from Texas Christian University, she started her career at Southwest: The Magazine. As an Assistant Art Director, she designs department pages and features and collaborates with photographers and illustrators, all while staying true to the Southwest Airlines brand. When she's not designing, she enjoys adding to her plane ticket collection, getting lost in art galleries, and searching for the perfect taco.

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 06:48 AM

Completly possible Doohickie. There is definatly a park planned for that space however, from DFWI's Vision 2023 packet, 

 

 

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 09:58 AM

So the designer started from there and fleshed it out a little as a graphic design project, I suppose.


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Posted 27 September 2016 - 12:35 AM

Graphic design project or not I wish Fort Worth would start coming up with more ideas like this. True urban spaces need parks to encourage people to get out and gather in a joyful outdoor space. I lived in SF for a long time and also for a bit in Seattle and what both of those cities had were eally nice urban parks that were used by many people.
This actually reminds me of the park that is under the central expressway over pass in Deep Ellum. They did an awesome job of turning unused land into a civic treeasure IMO.

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Posted 01 October 2016 - 09:30 AM

I like this proposal for another reason.

 

A park tailored towards physical activity would be a ideal compliment to a park like the Water Gardens that is a reflective and passive park.

 

Dogs, roller blading and concerts in Lancaster Green; quiet and tranquility in the Water Gardens.







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