The NTC Parks Master Plan
The NTC parks Master Plan serves as a critical element of Orlando's
efforts to create a vision for the future of the over 400 acres of
parks and recreation facilities that will be developed at the
various NTC properties. From October
1998 through September 1999, our NTC parks planning consultant team headed by the
Orlando-based design firm of Glatting-Jackson worked with the
staffs and political leaders of Orlando, Winter Park, Orange County
and the School Board to create this vision and assure that the
concerns of all affected jurisdictions have been addressed.
Parks Master Plans were prepared for both the NTC Main Base and
the McCoy Annex. The Main Base plan was based on the overall
development plan approved by the City for the master developer,
Baldwin Park Development Company. The McCoy Annex plan takes advantage of existing
recreational facilities and environmentally constrained areas to
create a wide range of active and passive open spaces.
In designing the major community parks on the NTC properties,
Glatting-Jackson team endeavored to create a pastoral landscape
that is both peaceful and beautiful, with a balance of active and
passive uses. Each community park is comprised of several very large
outdoor rooms, defined by trees, some with program and some without.
The edges of each outdoor room are 'fuzzy' or receding, softening
the appearance of the lawns and enhancing a restful park feeling.
Shaded paths along the edges allow comfortable circulation and
informal picnic and seating spaces to observe recreational
activities. Paths also meander to create smaller spaces, folding
minor program into the composition.
Public participation in the NTC Parks Master Plan included several
elements. Public workshops were held in November 1998 to hear public
comment about NTC parks and recreation issues before the consultant
team began their work. Newsletters focusing on the Parks Master Plan
were distributed to a mailing list of over 2500 subscribers at key
points in the planning process.
Representatives of the Parks and Recreation staffs of Orlando,
Winter Park and Orange County served on a staff committee which met
with the consultant on a regular basis to guide the project.
Finally, a citizen review committee composed of neighborhood
residents, developer representatives, representatives of sports
associations, as well as the entire staff committee, met with the
consultant team twice to provide additional input to the plan.
select an area of interest:
New Parks Initiative -
Baldwin Park Master Plan
Southport Parks Master Plan
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