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The Community Porch

CONCEPT 1

Greenway Access
The Knoll with
Edible Plantings
Folly

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Wall Retains
Open Grass Area

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Future Green
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Overlook with
Exposed
Stonework

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Natural Knoll
Spills Into the
Pathway where
There is a Break in
the Reservoir Wall

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City Sunset
Overlook

Iconic
Viewing
Platform

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Ridge Line Promontory

Exposed Rim of
Reservoir

Trail

Pisgah
Overlook

Exposed Sections of
Reservoir for Seating

Restrooms (Architecture
To Match Viewing Platform)
Parking Obscured by
Wall/Plantings
Stormwater Control
& Treatment

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Vehicle Access
Maintained to Cell
Tower
Pervious
Parking
(15 Spaces)

Tree
Canopy
Prepared By:

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160

320

640
Feet

Surveyed
Trees (13 +
DBH)
Existing
Cell
Towers

Vegetation Frames
Views

BEAUCATCHER
OVERLOOK PARK
Prepared For:

Friends
of
Overlook Park

Big Ideas

The Community Porch


CONCEPT 1

Ridge line promontory with defined high


points

JJ

Reservoir as a room
Multiple smaller rooms and series of terraces for views (large gathering to small and intimate spaces)
Defined highpoint
Community porch
Internal and external views
Formal and informal landscape areas
City overlook feels like a public porch
Iconic covered viewing platform pavilion
over trail
Reservoir revealed in pieces
Use of grade to define ridge line
Pervious parking area with 15 stalls
Prepared By:

The WNC Mountaintop


CONCEPT 2

Greenway Access

Trail to
Greenway

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Mountain Bald
Overlook

Path Around
Reservoir
with Exposed
Rim

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w
Future Green

Mountain Bald
With Edible,
Native Shrubs &
Understory
Trees

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B
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Trail
LONG VIEWS

Vegetation Frames
Long Views

Native Grass Berms


Frame Contemplative
Space

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Restrooms

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Stormwater Control
& Treatment

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Drop-off &
Parking With
10 Stalls

Entrance Monuments

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Fire Tower
(Facade)
WNC Interpretive
Walk
Sunset Plaza with
Lawn & Granite
Seating
Vehicle Access
Maintained to Cell
Tower

C
VIEW TO
MT. PISGAH
& DOWNTOWN

Gathering on
the Lawn

Neighborhood
Access Trail

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Tree
Canopy

Prepared By:

160

320

640
Feet

Surveyed
Trees (13 +
DBH)
Existing
Cell
Towers

BEAUCATCHER
OVERLOOK PARK
Prepared For:

Friends
of
Overlook Park

The WNC Mountaintop


CONCEPT 2

Big Ideas

Spaces defined by eco-system vegetated rooms


with balds, meadows, wetlands, and a
raingarden
Semi-formal spaces
Water/ reservoir theme and inspired circulation
Vegetation and grading used to soften, frame
and define spaces, including meditative spaces
and grass rippling in wind

Berms/grasses create spaces within


reservoir

Gateways at each entrance


Large meadow
Kennilworth trail connection that connect
to McCauley Drive and Reservoir Road
Formal lawn by parking

Trail access (without steps and at gentle grades


if possible)

10 parking spaces

Integration of urban Asheville environment into


the natural WNC mountaintop experience

Fire tower conversion

Series of viewsheds

Adaptable and formalized gathering spaces

Connection from forest to bald, using native


grasses mown once a year
Expose resevoir walls with interpretive panels
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Edible plantings at transition areas

Skyview Park
CONCEPT 3

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Greenway Access

C
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w
Future Green
TO

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Improve &
Expand Existing
Parking

W
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Tower Folly
(visible from
downtown)

Lawn Overlook With


Recycled Granite for
Seating
Exposed Sections of
Reservoir for Seating

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LONG VIEWS

H
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Vegetation Frames
Views

Stormwater Control
& Treatment
Drop-off & Handicapped
Parking

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On-road Parking

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Granite Staircase

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Belvedere
With Formalized
Overlook with
Vantage Point

Mountain Top Orchard

Dry Creekbed
(Stormwater
Feature along
Exposed
Reservoir)
Trail
Landscape Terraces
with Granite Seating
Vehicle Access
Maintained to Cell
Tower

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n
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ive
Dr

Tree
Canopy

Prepared By:

160

320

640
Feet

Surveyed
Trees (13 +
DBH)
Existing
Cell
Towers

BEAUCATCHER
OVERLOOK PARK
Prepared For:

Friends
of
Overlook Park

Big Ideas

Skyview Park
CONCEPT 3

Expose reservoir rim


Terracing creates separate spaces, including
larger and more intimate spaces

IJ

JJ

Reservoir creates formal structure and becomes


more informal further away from reservoir
Formal lawn for picnicking and kite flying
Reservoir radiates outwards with exposed rim/
and seat walls
Interpretive elements and orchard at entrance
Stormwater feature along edge of reservoir
Stepped terraces create intimate experiences
Overlook tower for city view
Trail access from McCauley
Orchard
Drama of views, which are concealed and
then revealed
Forest has definitive edge
Edible plants along lower walkway
No parking, drop-off only

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