The Dodd Studio is excited to announce the opening of Raper-Roark Park in Shelby, NC. The Dodd Studio worked with the City of Shelby to transform the corner of an integral gateway intersection into Uptown Shelby, building upon the pedestrian-friendly and unique local Uptown fabric. What was once a parking lot is now a vibrant public green space featuring an event lawn, bubbler fountain, paver plaza, landscaped flowerbeds, brick columns, benches, and a Fallen Heroes Memorial to honor law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty. The grand opening of Raper-Roark Park took place on Friday, May 17 and included a service to unveil the granite Fallen Heroes Memorial with over 100 law enforcement officers, first responders and community members, and leaders present. If you are in the Shelby area, be sure to check out this new park space and explore the charming Uptown Shelby!
The Dodd Studio is excited to announce that it is working with the City of Concord to develop a Master Plan for Dorton Park. This 24-acre park is home to tennis courts, covered shelters, walking and running paths, playgrounds and multi-use sport fields. As a heavily used park, and the site of future greenway connectivity, the City hopes to leverage the park’s assets and make enhancements that further the user experience and create new opportunities for recreation, both active and passive. A public meeting will be taking place in early 2019, so if you live in the Concord area, we would love to hear your thoughts on Dorton Park!
With the Charlotte LYNX Blue Line Extension now complete, light rail riders can travel from Pineville to the UNC Charlotte campus. Taking into mind how people connect to the light rail, the City of Charlotte established the Northeast Corridor Infrastructure Program (NECI) to improve pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist access to the Blue Line Extension. In 2017, The Dodd Studio provided sub consultant design services for the Tom Hunter Road Streetscape project, which originated from NECI, and aims to improve access to the new light rail station at the intersection of Tom Hunter Road and North Tryon Street. The final design for streetscape improvements along Tom Hunter Road is close to completion and the City hopes to share the design with the public this summer. Check back in for project details as this exciting connectivity project comes to life and be sure to take a ride on the new light rail line extension.
Grab your fishing rod and your paddle – Anne Springs Close Greenway is now home to a 40-foot fishing and educational dock as well as a rental kayak launch on Lake Haigler, both of which The Dodd Studio provided conceptual design. With summer temperatures upon us, this enhancement provides a unique way to enjoy the water. We will see you out there!
Spring is here! No better time to get outside. Check out the Anne Springs Close Greenway – 2,100 acres of preserved land and 40 miles of trails to explore. Already a nature-lovers’ paradise, the Greenway is moving ahead with big facility updates to better accommodate the rising number of visitors, members, events, and volunteers. The Dodd Studio has been working with the Greenway on the design of the new 6,300-sqaure-foot Welcome Center, which will be located at the Greenway’s Lake Haigler entrance. Construction will begin in April and the Greenway is aiming for completion in April 2019. Be sure to follow along as this exciting project progresses.