East Medicine Lake Park
Plymouth, MN | Sports + Recreation
With more than 50 fully developed parks, the City of Plymouth offers a park and open space system rivaled by few. As the City looked to replace the existing restroom and shower facility at East Medicine Lake Park, ISG developed a plan that has helped revitalize and enhance this public gathering space for residents and visitors alike.
The City of Plymouth wanted to make widescale park improvements while engaging the public in the decision making process.
ISG generated and refined plans for park improvements through active collaboration, an initial visioning session, and review meetings. The City wanted space for additional programming events, sections that appeal to adults and children, and improved safety and accessibility. These goals drove project designs, which provide a flexible environment that meets the needs of many community members.
A primary feature of the project was the addition of a picnic shelter building. Capable of seating approximately 90-110 individuals, the shelter includes outdoor grills, Adirondack chairs, a kitchen, storage space, vestibule, restroom, and showers. Metal paneling, wood siding, an exposed structure, and a hollow metal door establishes an industrial character, which is complimented with warm colors, preservation of preexisting trees, and sloped lawn area. Another flexible use space is the central plaza, which can be used for outdoor learning, events, weddings, and picnicking. The Park also contains two play areas. The first is 5,150 sq. ft. for children ages five to 12, and a smaller, 1,000 sq. ft. playground is dedicated to children ages two through five. For older residents and visitors, there are 11 bike racks, a canoe and kayak storage area, and a designated mocking area with permanent poles and hammock. Light bollards, parental seating adjacent to the children’s area, and unobstructed views increase safety. With ADA restrooms, picnic tables, showers, and a sink, everyone can enjoy the park without worry.
By embracing the chance to evaluate opportunities across East Medicine Lake Park, the City of Plymouth has the foundation to create a highly social, interactive destination for everything from corporate events to family parties and group outings.