Old Golf Course, New Destination
V.E. & Lydia H. Owens Recreation Park at Bull Creek
The 167-acre park master plan aims to serve surrounding communities by creatively repurposing an old golf course into a new destination, known as Owen’s Park at Bull Creek. The McAdams team assisted Franklin County, the community and involved stakeholders in the creation of a plan focusing on the County’s vision to create outdoor enjoyment for future park users and experiences that honor the park’s history and transformation from roots in agricultural to an era of golf, and ultimately a community destination park. The planning process focused identifying the highest and best use for the park, agency partnerships and revenue generation. The master planning process revealed desired park programming through a robust and transparent public input process to include a series of public input meetings and needs assessment. The resulting master plan features walking trails, a fishing pier, rustic camp sites, amphitheater, splash pad, demonstration gardens, agricultural exhibits for agritourism, environmental education stations, an open event lawn and associated infrastructure. McAdams also prepared a PARTF / LWCF grant application as part of the master planning process. Franklin County was recently awarded the LWCF grant for phase I of the park improvements.