In March 2010, the Metro Parks Board of Commissioners approved $7.4 million to develop the first phase of Kandle Park including irrigation, walking trails, a new playground, skateboard elements, mini-sprayground, additional parking, a zero-depth wave pool with lap lanes, tot pool, and support buildings. A series of rain gardens assist in stormwater management; specified building materials include locally manufactured products with recycled content.
The final design for the aquatics facility and park is a subtle response to the community’s wish for an environment closely connected to its location in the Pacific Northwest. Translucent canopies, exposed framing, and natural colors and materials enhance the visitors’ experience of being at a waterside retreat as opposed to a public pool.
The design team solicited opinions from the youngest neighbors to the oldest residents. In a design workshop with the Boys & Girls Club, we asked 6 to 12 year olds to dream about what they wanted at their neighborhood park and pool.
An impressive splash of water, periodically dumped from a bright red bucket, attracts children and families to the sprayground.
Working closely with park staff, skate advocates, neighbors, and the design team, we developed a process allowing all groups to take an active role in the design. The final Master Plan for the 10-acre park includes several skate features in addition to the pool, sprayground and play fields.