Mansel Carter Oasis Park
Queen Creek, Ariz. 
Award of Merit

Owner/Developer: Town of Queen Creek
Lead Design Firm: J2 Engineering & Environmental Design
General Contractor: Haydon Building Corp.
Architect: Architekton
Structural Engineer: BDA Design
Civil Engineer: Dibble Engineering
MEP Engineer: Henderson Engineers
Electrical and Lighting Consultant: Wright Engineering
Skate Park Design: Stantec

Located in Queen Creek, Ariz., this 46-acre regional park was developed to balance function and aesthetics. Amenities include an equestrian trail, a five-acre urban fishing lake, custom-shade ramadas, a baseball field, bike lanes, multi-use fields, a shaded playground, a splash pad and a rock-climbing wall zone.

The ADA-accessible park was completed in September 2018 and connects to a regional trail system. Sustainable features include stormwater-harvesting bioswales. At night, LED lighting allows for glare control. The park also has a “photo hillside zone,” complete with a logo backdrop. As part of the design, the surrounding neighborhoods are protected from light spillage and glare through the use of LED lighting and by “total cutoff” sports lighting to ensure proper lighting levels on pathways, parking lots, play features and sports fields.

Maintaining the schedule was especially important since the athletic turf and play areas had to be seeded and the grass given enough time to grow. This required the team to plan for turf application by June 1 to achieve three months of growth before the park opened to the public on Sept. 1.

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