The Bayer Neighborhood Park & Gardens master plan project reworks an historic homestead into a neighborhood park and garden. New Community Hall and Environmental Education buildings frame a central plaza that connects the street to the heart of the park. The master plan grew out of an extensive community public process that included numerous opportunities for public input – workshops, task force meetings, focus group sessions, interviews with key citizens.
Many activity spaces branch out from the plaza. A traditional Kiosk anchors a large recreational lawn to the east. An open-air Pavilion with an outdoor kitchen to the north is positioned to support the existing community garden and historic barn. Play and skateboard areas to the south provide much needed neighborhood recreational space.
The buildings are designed to be mindful of the site’s rural history, current use, and climate. They shape and engage their surroundings for indoor/outdoor use. Deep overhangs, porches, covered walkways and wood screens shade outdoor gathering spaces and temper the buildings in the summer. Rainwater collected from roofs is stored in galvanized tanks for irrigating the gardens.
Santa Rosa, California