On Tuesday, November 17th, a groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the start of the new picnic pavilion and farmer’s market at the ESC Park in Troutman, NC.
Soliciting community invovement has been a key component of the design process. On October 30th, the LaBella team attended Troutman’s Trails & Treats event at the park. Over 1000 community members attended the trick or treat nature trail walk. At the LaBella booth, attendees cast their votes for their preferred design option (and LaBella handed out 30 pounds of candy!). The option selected includes restrooms, a mechanical/storage room, a concessions preparation and sales area, and a covered picnic area.
Troutman was founded 126 years ago by a family that manufactured wagon wheels. The design mimics the community's historic train station and incorporates wagon wheels as a design element. One is found on the front elevation and another contains 200 memorial bricks inlaid in the sidewalk leading up to the pavilion. Troutman also uses the wagon wheel in the Town seal.
Roger Layman, the Principal-in-Charge on this project, spoke at the ceremony, to help the Town announce this new exciting new project to the Troutman community. Brian Bumann (Project Manager, LaBella), Recah Harward (Interior Designer, LaBella), Ryu Goto (President, Engineered Sintered Components), William Upchurch (Executive Director, NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission), Ann Bailie (Town Manager); Elbert Richardson (Mayor), Erika Martin (Town Planner), and Justin Longino (Committee Chair for Troutman Parks & Recreation) were also in attendance.
The park pavilion and farmers market will open in late spring 2016.