Service: Site Planning
Location: City of Pittsfield
City: Pittsfield, MA
The Big Idea in site planning for the City of Pittsfield’s 9-hole disc golf course was to complement the variety of significant on-site features, while moving users around existing infrastructural elements of the property. The rolling site is home to a playground, multiple baseball fields, soccer fields, a basketball court and local swimming hole with the local mountain range providing the back drop to all who enjoy the park.
Our firm was contacted by the city to help in picking a parcel that would lend itself to an interesting, safe layout for local residents to enjoy. Kirvin Park quickly jumped out as the front runner after seeing the site’s surrounding land uses, proximity to town, existing infrastructural elements, and learning of the panoramic views of the mountain ranges and local swimming holes that was frequented by dog walkers and families.
Kirvin Park features rolling fields of wispy grass and large changes in elevation, while the back of the parcel is fragmented by a small stream and swimming hole. The back of the parcel, which is rather flat, is densely vegetated with a variety of tight lines that demand precision and proper placement of your disc.
With only one stream crossing coming adjacent to two ball fields and a popular swimming hole, the layout of the course would require a couple long walks coming from the back parcel to ensure that course is complimenting the existing uses and not interfering with them.
The 9-hole course has currently be given permission by the city and slated for a summer 2014 opening. We look forward to continuing to help on this project and providing residents of the Berkshires with a technical, beginner-friendly disc golf course that is in close proximity to the downtown district.