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The project logo John Chavis Memorial Park Cultural Heritage Interpretive Plan

The project logo John Chavis Memorial Park Cultural Heritage Interpretive Plan

The purpose and goals of the project are to develop a cohesive Cultural Interpretive Plan for the park as recommended in the Honoring The Past section of the 2014 Revised Master Plan for John Chavis Memorial Park. This plan will build off the recommendations and work completed in previous efforts to tell the story. All documents related to the 2014 Revised Master Plan, South Park Heritage Walk Report, Historic Designation Report, SPERNA Knowledge Maps and John Chavis Brochure, Public Art efforts, and independent staff research. 

The process will design, fabricate, and install an interpretive element based on the recommendations of the plan. Current funding allows for a phased approach beginning with the development of a Cultural Heritage Interpretive Plan and first phase exhibit installation, which must be completed in time for an early summer 2021 ribbon-cutting ceremony. A site has been pre-selected for the first phase exhibit to be installed outside of the newly renovated historic Carousel House.

The interpretive plan will create a cohesive approach to the ways the City engages park visitors with historical resources, natural features, and community stories related to John Chavis Memorial Park. The interpretive plan builds on previous City and community planning efforts.

Interpretive content is organized into a series of key messages for visitors. Interpretive elements, programs, and events should convey these messages, both explicitly and

implicitly, offering visitors layers of stories about the park, encouraging more discovery, and even inviting visitors to contribute to the story.

The interpretive plan also defines interpretive design criteria and makes recommendations for interpretive elements including digital and interactive features as well as ideas for future programming and events that might reach patrons of all ages.

Finally, the document will identify investment priorities and create a framework for how the plan might be implemented over time.

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complete
Phase 1: Research & Community Engagement Kick Off

September - October 2

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live
Phase 2: Interpretive Plan & Design Concepts

October - December 2020

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planned
Phase 3: Design Development

December 2020 - February 2021

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planned
Phase 4: Fabrication & Installation

March - 

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