An analysis of the site conditions brought forward several challenges and opportunities to the design of the pavilion. The design of the John Fry Sports Park pavilion features a building wedged beneath a lifted ground plane. The lifting of the ground over the building creates a large amount of public space that would have otherwise been lost. This structure enables the community to create a well defined public plaza that can be used for softball and baseball tournaments as well as for general community use. The terraced plaza reaching across the building provides views of the baseball diamonds and serves as a unique leisure space in the south end of Edmonton. Rather than occupy the land with change rooms and storage, the design effectively creates new public space both on the interior and exterior of the facility.
Located on an existing baseball diamond, the John Fry Sports Park pavilion will serve as the social heart of a neighbourhood which is overwhelmingly light industrial. The building will be located centrally to all baseball diamonds in the park, and will be the central node in the park's trail system. It is ideally situated adjacent to the main baseball diamond and frames a public plaza at its southwest entrance. The John Fry Sports Park Pavilion satisfies the Edmonton Design Committee principles in that it is designed as a sustainable building
that is well integrated into its immediate surroundings and to the wider city context. It will tie into the existing multi use trails and provide a rest stop and parking area for cyclists, and joggers. The John Fry Sports Park pavillion will create a community gathering space
for the city's baseball and softball participants and spectators, and provides a dynamic new recreation and lounge area for the users of the park. The form of the building provides an active public face to the trails through the park and helps to define them. In using native vegetation that harbours urban wildlife, and taking advantage of the changes in sun position and prevailing wind direction, the design is responsive to and embraces the differences in seasons. The terraced landscape creates an area which can be used for small scale arts and cultural performances.
The unique form of the John Fry Sports Park pavilion follows in the tradition of Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre in enhancing Edmonton's recreational areas with an innovative forward looking design. The glue laminated structure provides an efficient structure that will use otherwise left over material to create an interesting form using state of the art production techniques.
The facility provides easy access to all sports fields and separates the locker rooms into two zones, one for the home teams and another for the away teams. The building acts as a gateway to John Fry Park and leads users into or over the building and further onto the site.
The building will allow the community to gather around sports, leisure, arts and cultural events, in both the interior and exterior. It provides continuous community space leading into, through, adjacent to and over the programmatic elements.
In addition to potentially housing the baseball bat currently located on 97 Street, our proposal for the John Fry Sports Park Pavilion would provide space for a dynamic contemporary artwork framed by our pavilion. While leaving the final interpretation to the artists submitting proposals for this facility, our intent is for an artwork that would critically examine the nature of summer activity and seasonal change in Edmonton.
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