Zionsville, IN

A master plan that celebrates, enhances and connects people to native ecosystems and the abundant local wildlife, adding to Zionsville‘s philosophy of “town within a park.”

Elm Street Green is a 15.5 acre park located on the eastern edge of historic downtown Zionsville in Boone County, Indiana. The park is divided by the Eagle Creek corridor and situated almost entirely in the floodway. REA was commissioned by the Zionsville Parks and Recreation Department to develop master plan and construction documents that would provide the residents of Zionsville with a passive recreational resource within an accelerated time frame.

REA led a fast-paced and compact master planning process completed within a two week timeframe. REA facilitated a one-day community charrette that included input from stakeholders, user groups, community leaders, community members and park staff. REA utilized this input to generate three different concepts that responded to the requirements and needs of the community. A public input session was then conducted to review the concepts and provide guidance on the park features for the final master plan. REA’s experience in community charrettes, park and recreation master plans and environmentally sensitive sites enabled us to meet the plan development time constraints.

The master plan includeded a formal green that pays homage to Zionsville’s quaint downtown character and a meadow overlook that provides a panoramic view of the park. Community garden plots, wetlands, wetland boardwalk, trail network, canoe/kayak access point, bioengineered stormwater features and a naturalistic play area were also integrated into the master plan.

The master plan included a detailed phasing and cost analysis, which enabled the project to proceed rapidly into implementation. REA also completed construction documents and provided construction administration for Phase One of the project.

photography by: Hadley Fruits