A Place of Peace
Parks play a vital role in the health and wellness of communities. It's evident when we look at research - communities that invest in parks and greenspaces improve everything from high school graduation rates to tourism and home values to obesity rates.
Parks draw in and connect individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities and help develop pride in where they live. Paloma Park in Peoria, Arizona, is 85-acres full of incredible, unique outdoor opportunities that bring community members and visitors together outside for a variety of activities appealing to all ages and abilities.
Meeting the Needs of Many
Designing a community space means taking into account all potential users, including caregivers and community members, and providing places for them to engage, play, move, rest, and socialize comfortably.
A variety of activity options is key to providing a holistic experience for everyone. With a lake, fishing spots, a water play area, sports fields, a dog park, and of course, a universally designed play environment, Paloma Park offers opportunities for everyone to spend time moving outside.
Finding the Inspiration
Looking at the space from above, the shape of a dove is evident and represents the namesake of the park. Paloma is Spanish for dove, and since a dove often represents peace, the park was then intended to create peace and intention, feelings the designers hope the users of the park will experience when playing and engaging in this space.
Situated between mountain ranges that provide spectacular views, the area has a major "wow" factor that calls everyone for adventure, fun, and play. The entire experience is designed with some important objectives - inclusivity, adventure, and helping everyone find the best of themselves through play.
Age-appropriate play is an important part of inclusion and the design of Paloma Park reflects that. Varying developmental stages are represented in each of the areas - 2-5 and 5-12. Both areas encourage interaction and development for kids of all abilities.