Project Type: Master Planning
Client: City of Chaska
Based on an initiative for creating an activity generator to support Downtown Chaska, LHB, in partnership with the 292 Design Group, helped the City of Chaska develop a facility for curling and events along with a private sector restaurant as a part of Firemen’s Park. The new building, with curling as a focal activity, and the surrounding park was designed to be a regional destination.
The master plan for the project included extensive renovation of Firemen’s Park and Schimelpfenig Park. The master planning process engaged park users and interest groups to better understand the needs and desires of each group and to share the underlying intentions of the project.
The objectives of the process included maintaining and enhancing existing park elements that have been popular to Chaska residents, including play apparatus, a swimming beach, fishing docks, park shelters, and trail connections. It also included developing a trailhead in the downtown business district, creating a continuous walkway around Clayhole Lake, renovating park sites to accommodate as many different constituents as possible, and incorporating the meaningful history of this site.
Building on the excitement generated during the master planning process, Firemen’s Park moved directly into design development and is now under construction. LHB worked closely with the owner and the contractor to bring the vision for the park to life. Construction was recently completed, and is tremendously popular with the community and visitors.