My Park:

Park Reflection

1) How has your understanding of access to public spaces been changed by your experience of trying to access the Upper Field by wheelchair?
I learned a lot about how people in wheelchairs are affected if a place isn’t easily accessible to them. For example, the upper field doesn’t have any easy way for people in wheelchairs. We figured this out by actually trying to get there with a wheelchair, and we didn’t make it all the way. If there actually was a person in the wheelchair, they would probably feel very left out because they wouldn’t be able to get into the field. This is why I thought that my park should have some kind of way for people in wheelchairs or on crutches to get in so that they wouldn’t feel left out.

2) What have you learned about the process when designing the park? Eg, how did you manage to convert real dimensions to grid dimensions and vice versa?
In the process of designing the park, I learned mostly how to use macromedia freehand. In the beginning, it was quite difficult because I hadn’t gotten used to using the program. It was confusing because there were so many things that I could press, so that made it a bit harder to figure out which buttons did what. After a while though, I got used to it and it became a piece of cake. It was kind of confusing for me to register to the fact that each square wasn’t equal to one meter; it was equal to two meters. I kept confusing myself about that concept so I constantly had to re-do some things. In the end, I managed to successfully convert the dimensions into actual meters.

3) What suggestions can you make for improving the process for next year’s students?
To make this project easier for next year’s students, I think that they should decide how many square meters one square on the macromedia freehand should be equivalent to, so that it is the easiest possible for them to imagine it in real life. I also think that this project would’ve been easier if we had more time to work on our park design, because this time we were a bit rushed. Three classes would probably be enough for us to complete a high-quality park design. I think that everything else was great.

Persuasive letter

Dear CPC,
My park would definitely be the best design to put in Mon’t Kiara. It has everything that someone going to the park would want. It is a 42 by 60 meter park, and has plenty of space for the children to roam around. It has a playground, with a slide, monkey bars, swings, and a play area for small children. For older children, there is a skate park with a half-pipe and a bar for grinds. There is also a running track which could also be used for biking. If you get thirsty, there are also a few vending machines to get drinks from. For family picnics, there are picnic tables, and also a grass area where you can have picnics. In the picnic area, there is a triangular flower garden with a base and height of 6 which people can admire while having a picnic. My park also includes a 24 by 12 meter soccer pitch with goals, but it can also be used for other sports which need a field such as baseball, and American football. There are benches for people to relax and look at the lake, or watch the soccer game. People will also be allowed to swim in the lake. It will also have a small slope on each entrance for wheelchair access. Since my park has all of this, I don’t understand why it wouldn’t be the best design to put in Mon’t Kiara.

Bea 6H Math
Scale 1 square= 2 meters

1(flower garden)= 6x6 area 36 m
2(tree)= 2x2 area 4
3(picnic area)= 21 x 16 area 336
4(playground area)=21x14 area 294
5(bench)= 4x4 area 16
6(monkey bars)= 4x3 area 12
7(pond)= 10 x 22 area about 220
8(half pipe)= about 10x6 area about 60
9(bowl)= area 50.26
10(skate park)=10x14 area 140
11(soccer pitch)= 12x24 area 288
12(bench)=4x1 area 4
13(slide)= area about 2
14(jogging path)=area 52
15(disabled entrance)=2x2 area 4
16(grind rail)=2 meters long
17(vending machine)=1/2(.5)x1/2(.5) area 1
18(soccer goal)= 2x6 area 12