The City of Coppell wanted to reflect the heritage of the old ranch site when plans began for its new theme sports complex for youth baseball and soccer. SRA responded with premier athletic facilities that included ranch-like features that appealed to the smallest child and the oldest spectator. Our design also offered numerous sustainable features that have saved the city money and resources. Wagon Wheel Park has unique and iconic architectural features that include a replicated ranch house and barn for concessions, restrooms, along with rentable spaces for meetings and parties. An “aged,” crumbling, stone wall, a promenade, and scoreboards with iron silhouettes of cowboys, cattle, and a covered wagon also add to the park experience. A windmill pumps water through stacked horse troughs, providing water interest and an educational opportunity for children. Picnic tables overlook a creek and preserved natural area that comprises half of the 153-acre park. A winding trail provides a pleasant place for a stroll and makes safe connection to adjacent neighborhoods.
Key areas of interest to the City of Coppell included: (1) safe and efficient traffic and pedestrian traffic within the park; (2) fields and amenities that function for both large tournaments or city league play; (3) a resourcefully placed maintenance facility to improve efficiency in park maintenance; (4) opportunities for facility rentals including receptions and parties; (5) and sustainable practices, primarily conserving water usage. SRA engineers designed an irrigation water supply system including a detention pond, well water and city water supplementation to irrigate the entire park (ultimate build out of the park) at a 2400 gpm (3.5 MGD) rate. If needed, the entire park can be irrigated fully overnight.
SRA achieved all these goals and completed additional work over numerous phases. The park is considered the jewel of the Coppell park system and is booked year around by its residents.
Merit Award – Texas Chapter – American Society of Landscape Architects