Allen Pond Park
AMT’s landscape architects, engineers and surveyors are working with the City of Bowie to design a new amphitheater and stage at a prominent local park called Allen Pond Park in Bowie, Maryland.
AMT is leading a multi-disciplinary team that is planning and designing a new “park center” —the first part of a multi-phase master plan to renovate and upgrade the entire park. The amphitheater and stage offer fully accessible, state-of-the art facilities for the performers and audience, and enhanced parking capacity.
The design maintains the essential nature of the popular park while providing opportunities for expanded programs in a modern facility. The design team built upon prior outreach and relationships with stakeholders, the community and the city staff to understand the essence of the park’s popularity and to develop a program and design that would be harmonious with the park’s character and provide a new, iconic venue for a variety of seasonal events.
To assist the city to determine an appropriate level of improvements and funding, the design team prepared a concept study that examined options for basic, moderate and full features and amenities. The concepts each included basic program requirements and varying levels of lighting, sound, changing rooms, bathrooms, and amphitheater improvements. The design team recommended an improved orientation and location for the amphitheater and stage, with a tensile structure that is beautiful and iconic, lighter in appearance, durable and low maintenance. The proposed structure maintains an openness to the pond backdrop and, when not used for performances, the raised stage doubles as a gathering space and overlook with seat walls and steps.
The comparative concept studies and effective graphic presentations developed by our team enabled the City Manager and the City Council to visualize the different options and to select a direction for moving forward. The design team is now developing the design and is preparing construction documents for a planned start of construction in the summer of 2017.