Penrose is a small unincorporated town in Colorado with roughly 3,500 residents. An approximately 8-acre existing park is the only community gathering area for the town besides the elementary school. The existing park was in need of renovation, as the park amenities no longer met the demands of the community. The master plan process evaluated existing site amenities, and vetted potential opportunities to activate the park through the integration of multigenerational activities in order to emerge as the central gathering area for all community events. The park will provide a location for a community center facility that will include multi-purpose rooms, concessions, meeting rooms, and restrooms. In addition, an irrigation pond was designed to utilize water for irrigation and become the pivotal feature of the park, providing a boardwalk, fishing pier, and covered gathering area for visitors.
Other park amenities include a Great Lawn for multi-use activities such as soccer, football, weddings, and festivals, which will be flanked by a large shelter/bandstand, a “sapling playground” with age separated play, a climbing wall, a free running park area, a BMX/mountain bike area, a skate spot, a slackline, volleyball and basketball courts, and outdoor ping pong tables. Gateways signify the park entry points, and parking will be kept to the perimeter to offer as much area for park activities as possible.