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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.

Thank you for the feedback on the Preliminary Plan, including programming and design ideas! 

The Final Draft Cultural Heritage Interpretive Plan is now available for review and comment. 

Project Schedule

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complete
Phase 1: Research & Community Engagement Kick Off

Phase 1 Period: September - October 2020

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complete
Phase 2: Interpretive Plan & Design Concepts

Phase 2 Period: October - December 2020

November 5, 2021 - Public Meeting #1

December 1, 2021 - Public Presentation #2 

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live
Phase 3: Design Development

Phase 3 Period: December 2020 - February 2021

January 14, 2021 - Public Meeting #3

February 18, 2021 - Parks, Recreation & Greenway Advisory Board Presentation

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planned
Phase 4: Fabrication & Installation

Phase 4 Period: March - June 2021

Final Draft Interpretive Plan

Please review the Draft Plan and leave us your thoughts in the comment section. The Draft Plan will be presented at the Parks, Recreation & Greenway Advisory Board (PRGAB) Feburay 18, 2021. All are encouraged to attend. For more information on the PRGAB including links to meetings please visit their website

Thank you for reviewing the Draft Cultural Heritage Interpretive Plan. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments you may have on the plan in this location. The comment period will end February 22, 2021

Public Meeting Recordings