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Waverly County Park April 2013

Opportunities & Constraints Report Morgan County Parks and Recreation


SITE CONTEXT

Waverly County Park TO SOUTHWESTWAY PARK

Opportunities • Waverly Park sits between other future parks; proposed trail system will link facilities • Other parks’ uses may leave Waverly Park free to explore unique programmatic options • Proximity to SR 37 provides access to larger population of potential visitors • Proposed pedestrian paths will link to nearby school and business park • Various funding sources available

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• Need for multiple river crossings ($$$) may limit trail connections • Relatively remote location may create need for promotion of facility (time and money) • Upstream land use impacts water quality • Adjacent commercial operation creates negative visual and auditory impacts; air pollution may be a factor

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KEY Proposed Trails Proposed Parks Waverly Park Proposed bridges Major Vehicular Entry Nodes


SITE HISTORY: 1916 PLAT Waverly County Park

Opportunities CANAL REMNANT

• Existing structures present opportunity for museum or living history operations; Waverly Church has potential for National Register of Historic Places eligibility • Canal history presents educational opportunity • Representing former canal path creates opportunities for

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art, creative placemaking • Platted public square centrally located for gathering node • Mill history presents programmatic opportunities • Area’s early history (pioneer, Native American) can add

MILL LOCATIONS

additional layer to historical context

Constraints • Condition of existing structures may require significant investment in order to service the public, the bank and

PUBLIC SQUARE

blacksmith shop in particular; ADA access an issue for all properties except church • Survey will be required to accurately locate some historic

1890 CHURCH 1890 DELANEY HOUSE 1940 BLACKSMITH BUILDINGS

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NATURAL FEATURES Waverly County Park Opportunities • River access allows for canoe trips including commerical enterprises, potential DNR partnership, observation and education

BANK ACCESS

• Open space could support a variety of uses • Forest edge conditions and dense forest supports need

WETLAND AREA HEAVILY WOODED

HEAVILY WOODED HIGHER GROUND

for increased wildlife habitat. Area is home to many endangered species including songbirds like the cerulean warbler that would benefit from the protection of these areas. Similarly, the river attracts endangered species such as the sharp-shinned hawk and bald eagle. Additional

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species includes many plants, insects, fish and mammals. • Open tree area provides pastoral park-like setting that alternates shade and open sunny spaces. • Wetland offers educational opportunity, which is

TREES OUTLINE FORMER PROPERTY LINES

particularly significant given recent flood history • Levee supports trail development • Good balance of shade and sun

Constraints • Wetlands and floodplains limit activity • Flooding potential includes river and upland sources;

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100 YEAR FLOOD ZONE

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development limited within floodplain; any development outside floodplain must consider flood impacts • A portion of the levee is located under overhead utility lines


BUILT ENVIRONMENT Waverly County Park Opportunities CANAL REMNANT

• Canal remnant suggests potential sculpture element

EXISTING DNR BOAT RAMP

• Limited access = pedestrian friendly • Structures in good condition, historically significant • Site mostly cleared • Boat ramp across river provides access to South Lake for Waverly Park canoe/kayak users

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• Roads in good condition

DEVELOPED AREA: STRUCTURES REMOVED OR SLATED FOR REMOVAL EXCEPT WHERE NOTED

RTP PHASE 1 TRAIL

• Multiple parking options • Power lines to be removed on Main St. east of Whetzel Rd.; Power feed to Church, Delaney House and Bank will run underground from overhead lines located in alley • Swales provide opportunity for native vegetation restoration / visual amenity • Proximity to school and business park

LARGE COMMERCIAL OPERATION

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Constraints • Limited site access

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• Some structures still occupied (transition plan in place) • Dumping issues • Trespassing • Power lines will remain along west side of Whetzel Rd. and north side of Main St. to serve quarry. • House at northwest corner of Old 37 and Whetzel Rd. not

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in project • Commercial operation creates visual impact, potential noise and air pollution

KEY Ditch/Swale Pavement to be removed Powerlines to remain

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SITE RESTRICTIONS Waverly County Park Opportunities • Educational opportunity regarding floodway functions, causes of floods, ecosystems, etc. • Properties purchased with FEMA funds may be used for: - parks - wetland management and buffer zones - nature preserves - cultivation and grazing - camping - unpaved parking lots - public restrooms OK

Constraints • Construction in a floodway requires permits from multiple regulatory bodies; expensive and time-consuming process • Restrictions on structures on property bought with FEMA funds: - only public facilities open on all sides and functionally related to designated open space or recreational use - paved parking lots must have FEMA approval prior to construction • Two parcels not part of project but within overall project boundary

KEY Not part of project Riverboat funded property FEMA restrictions Floodway 100 year flood zone

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Program Opportunities

Functional Diagrams & Program Precedents


CONCEPT #1: REMEMBERING THE PAST Waverly County Park

COVERED BRIDGE Remembering the Past creates visual reminders of the site’s recent history.

OBSERVATION POINT/ BANK ACCESS

• Mill history is symbolized by a gristmill wheel, a small sheep enclosure and a grove of trees used for lumber

OBSERVATION POINT/ BANK ACCESS

SHARED BOAT LAUNCH

• Parking kept toward the outside of the site in order to minimize its impact • Diverse landscape elements create a pleasant GRISTMILL

SYCAMORE TREE ROW TO MARK CANAL STREET

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atmosphere, provide educational opportunities and draw attention to the town’s historic layout. • Events zone located on the west side of Whetzel Street;

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SYCAMORE TREE ROW TO MARK SYCAMORE STREET KEY Shelters/Picnic/Events Event space

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Mill interpretations (gristmill stone, sheep enclosure, tree grid) Parking Living history center Not part of project FEMA restrictions Park office/Check in

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Public square Education node Potential bathrooms RTP trail Pedestrian paths Canal marker Mill crops = Gristmill Tree grid = Mill lumber Trees mark original plat Nature path / Bird watching


CONCEPT #2: RECREATION Waverly County Park

COVERED BRIDGE This concept supports many of the elements from Concept #1, but places a greater emphasis on recreational activities. OBSERVATION POINT/ BANK ACCESS SHARED BOAT LAUNCH

• Other uses become prominant, such as camping, athletics and gardening.

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• Constructed wetland will help reduce the stormwater sheet flow that comes from the higher ground south of Old State Road 37. • Event space is still located west of Whetzel Street • A small parking lot to serve a canoe service and as a

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trailhead is also located in this area

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KEY Park office/Check in Bandstand

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Public square Nature path / Bird watching Community garden Vegetation to mark canal path Pedestrian paths Event space Constructed wetlands / flood control Open play fields PARK ENTRY

Picnic/Support facilities Tent camping (5-7 platforms) Parking Not part of project FEMA restrictions

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CONCEPT #3: MARCH OF TIME Waverly County Park Morgan County has been home to many communities over the centuries. In this concept, the historic elements which

OBSERVATION POINT/ BANK ACCESS

continue to tell their story on the site serve as a starting point for a larger conversation and educational venue

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about the area’s history going back to a much earlier time. • Vehicles will be restricted to Whetzel St. • Modern Times to the west; time moves toward the past

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as the visitor moves east along a pedestrian path (formerly Main Street) • A rudimentary cabin in the Pioneer zone • Wigwams in the Native American zone • The public square in the original town plat will serve as an education node, orienting visitors to the site • Landscape will also show historic trends

KEY Native forest Not part of project FEMA restrictions Parking Modern Times Backdrop of industry Early Town Late 19th - Early 20th Century Pioneers Late 18th - Early 19th Century PARK ENTRY

Native Americans Pre-Columbus Park office/Check in Public square Shared agriculture Pedestrian paths Historic landscaping

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SITE PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES Waverly County Park

Community garden

Antique tractors

Chautauqua

Markets/Cook offs

Canoe outfit

Concerts

Camps/Education

Outdoor recreation

Camping

Winter events

Gatherings

History


SITE PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES Waverly County Park

Canal marker

Swale

Wigwam

Sheep farm

Pioneer village

Mill stone

Tree-lined Boulevard

Environmental education

Picnics

Tree grid

Platform camping

Living history


Waverly County Park Master Plan