City of Kannapolis

Village Park Master Plan

Kannapolis, NC

Benesch played an integral role in the redevelopment of this 15.6 acre civic park in downtown Kannapolis. The planning process began with a master plan and phasing strategy. Park development included a concert band shell and concert lawn, a 5,400 SF multi-purpose building and outdoor patio, sprayground, restroom, picnic shelters, miniature train complete with a train station and other park amenities. The park was built in multiple phases to accommodate the different program elements.

The Village Park Special Events Center is a 5,000 SF multi-purpose indoor park facility that features park offices and meeting space for special events. It has restrooms and concession facilities to accommodate crowds from park events hosted throughout the year. There is an attractively landscaped outdoor plaza that is used as VIP seating during the concerts.

The Village Park Band Shell and concert lawn was developed to accommodate the Kannapolis Summer Concert Series and other special events. This is a heavily programmed gathering space for Kannapolis and the neighboring communities.

The Village Park splash pad is a 10,000 SF interactive aquatic playground. It features over twenty unique aquatic play components designed around a railroad theme. Over 40,000 guests visited the splash pad when it opened.

This local park has activities for people of all ages including a miniature railroad. Park guests can enjoy a winding train ride around the park. Benesch was responsible for civil engineering, landscape architecture, and managing architectural subconsultants.

Project highlights

  • Development and implementation of park master plan
  • Phasing strategy
  • Public input