Programming: Taking inventory
Gathering a team
As a means to gather public opinion and community involvement, the City of Derby formed a Park Advisory Committee comprised of Derby community members — 40 people from the Chamber, City Council, Senior Center and more — all organized by the Public Works Department. At that same time, WDM was hired to lead the effort to create Madison Avenue Central Park.
What to keep, what to throw away
As an analysis of the scope of work, WDM evaluated each of the five buildings on this site to determine their value and potential reuse with this park. In the end, only one building was selected to remain — the former school gymnasium.
The drainage channel on the east half of the site would have to stay. Managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, it was an eye-sore and but had a necessary function to manage storm water. The team would have to address this as a design challenge.