Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota
This project was completed as part of a year-long partnership between the City of Rosemount and the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (http://www.rcp.umn.edu). Placemaking is a people-centered approach to the planning, design, and management of public spaces, and it is important for building strong communities. The City of Rosemount Parks and Recreation Department is interested in using placemaking principles and processes to maximize the benefits of its parks, especially smaller, older parks that no longer hold strong appeal for the public. The goal of this project was to evaluate and identify opportunities for placemaking through redesign or redevelopment in seven parks in the City of Rosemount. In collaboration with city project lead Dan Schultz, Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Rosemount, a team of students in URB 3751: Understanding the Urban Environment reviewed placemaking best practices and recommended opportunities for placemaking in Biscayne Park, Chippendale Park, Claret Park, Dallara Park, Lions Park, Schwarz Pond Park, and Winds Park. A group presentation from the project is available highlighting placemaking principles and overall recommendations, in addition to a presentation for each of the seven parks. Posters are available on Biscayne Park, Chippendale Park, and Schwarz Pond Park.
Presentations and posters completed by students enrolled in URB 3751: Understanding the Urban Environment, taught by Paula Pentel in spring 2015.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.