The Town of Garfield’s 7-acre Town Park, on the shores of Lake Wapogasset, was once the center place for activity. However, decades ago, a tornado destroyed the park leaving behind only a gravel road and sand bottom boat landing. Over the years, little was done to improve the park. The Town realized the unique opportunity to redevelop this piece of property, creating a place where residents of all ages can gather and enjoy recreational and family activities with a beautiful lake setting.
Stevens’ design solutions for this property included: relocating the boat landing and parking lot to decrease the environmental effects on the lake’s shallow outlet stream and reduce the sediment loading on the dam; adding amenities to the site such as picnic shelters, play area, fishing piers, trails, and restroom facilities connected to the sanitary district’s sewer lines; improving safety by relocating the entrance road from CTH F to an adjacent town road; constructing a storm water facility to treat runoff before it enters the lake and wetland; protecting the shores of the lake, the outlet stream, and the on-site wetland with buffer zones and native plantings; and safeguarding an existing archaeological site. Stevens also assisted the Town in securing over $403,000 in grants identifying, preparing, and submitting grant applications for the project.