WSA Featured in Recreation Management

March 18, 2024 • Sam Cejda

inPRACTICE / TRAILHEAD: Wilson Road Park in Columbus, Ohio

The award-winning Wilson Road Trailhead was recently featured in Recreation Management. The article highlights the features of the park structure, and how the park connects local neighborhoods to a regional trail with iconic design.

Facility managers and professionals working throughout the managed recreation, sports and fitness industry turn to Recreation Management to stay informed on developments, trends and innovations that help them manage their own facilities. Available in print and digital formats, Recreation Management magazine, along with the website and supporting email products and newsletters, examines cutting-edge facilities, best practices and innovative programs and projects, covering significant industry trends in-depth.

Read an excerpt of the article below.

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inPRACTICE / TRAILHEAD: Wilson Road Park in Columbus, Ohio

Completed in 2017, Wilson Road Trailhead Park in Columbus, Ohio, earned a Merit Award (2018) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Columbus Chapter, as well as an Honor Award (2017) from the AIA Ohio Chapter. Designed by multidisciplinary design firm WSA, the $450,000 project was funded by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, which received funding help from the Westside Community Fund, provided by the Hollywood Casino. At the same time, the Ohio Department of Transportation was funding the development of the connecting bike trails.

“The Wilson Road Trailhead project uses a simple, timeless structure to mark place and establish a community hub that promotes healthy living,” said WSA President Timothy Hawk, FAIA. “It’s pretty remarkable how this small intervention has made such a difference in the Columbus Westgate community.”

One of the main goals for the site was to provide a place for the community to gather. “Parks connect people and neighborhoods, and we wanted to create an environment unique to the neighborhood that could support community and be a part of the neighborhood they could embrace,” explained Sam Cejda, communications director for WSA. “Another aim was to also increase the sense of safety and comfort through development of a public park. It was our and the city’s goal to reinforce the sense of community in the neighborhood, and the establishment of the park was geared toward spurring further public development to enrich the community experience. . . CONTINUE READING THE FULL ARTICLE ON RECMANAGMENT.COM


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