Hemisfair Civic Park Public Workshop
July 30, 2014 - Yesterday Gustafson Guthrie Nichol presented three design options for the Hemisfair Civic Park. Over 200 people attended the public workshop to ask questions and give feedback about the Park’s design.
Andres Andujar, CEO of Hemisfair Park Area Redevelopment Corporation (HPARC), introduced the design team. Kathryn Gustafson, founding principal of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN), presented the team’s design ideas, along with Drew Gangnes, senior principal at Magnusson Klemencic Associates. Joined by several members of GGN’s Seattle office, the design team interacted with 20 round tables led by volunteer facilitators.
Civic engagement is a vital part of the design process. Last year, the public helped produce the Civic Park Vision and Programming Plan, which became the foundation for the design options presented at yesterday’s public meeting. Then during yesterday's meeting, each round table evaluated the design concepts and identified common themes with the help of a volunteer facilitator, who presented each group’s preferences and concerns to the room. This information will inform Gustafson Guthrie Nichol’s final design.
Learn more about the public workshop in this article by Iris Dimmick for the Rivard Report.