Facility Planning

The design team facilitated several public-input meetings and conducted interviews with individuals of each specific user group to understand each organization’s operational and financial structure and future participation levels. The meetings were well-attended by citizens of Waukee, residents from adjacent communities and representatives from various sports organizations. The information from these sessions was analyzed, summarized, and presented to the steering committee. Through an evaluation process guided by a list of programming criteria, the design team recommended a preliminary program for the complex.

Developing Alternatives

After establishing the preliminary program, the design team developed several conceptual alternatives that incorporated some or all of the identified elements. The team and steering committee met to further refine these alternatives. Some of the elements included an outdoor performance pavilion, disc-golf course, splash-pad water feature, lakeside terrace, miniature-golf course and a multi-purpose stadium. These ideas were incorporated into the final program for the complex.

Final program elements include:

(4) Baseball fields–R200′

(4) Baseball fields–R300′

(4) Baseball fields–R400′

(4) Softball fields–R200′

(6) Softball fields–R300′

(6) U6 Soccer fields–75′ x 120′

(8) U8 Soccer fields–90′ x 135′

(5) U10 Soccer fields–120′ x 180′

(5) U12 Soccer fields–150′ x 300′

(4) U10 Soccer fields–210′ x 360′

(4) Football fields–180′ x 360′

(1) Rugby/Lacrosse field–180′ x 330′

(1) Cricket field–180′ x 250′

Sports field irrigation, subsurface drainage and field lighting

(4) Sand Volleyball courts

Disc-golf course

Miniature-golf course

(3) Concessions/Restroom facilities

(2) Satellite Restroom facilities

7,500-seat Spectator Stadium venue

Maintenance/Storage facility

(6) Outdoor shelters and plazas

(4) PlaygroundsOutdoor Performance Pavilion

(12) Monument Entrance signs

8-mile Park Trail network; fully ADA-compliant

(10) Trail Rest Stations

Park Trail and Wayfinding signage

Interpretive and educational signage

Multi-purpose open space

18-acre naturalized lake

ADA-compliant Lakeside Terrace

Bioretention cells, rain gardens and bioswales

Reconstructed wetland areas

Reconstructed Native Prairie areas

(1,795) concrete pavement parking spaces

(550) reinforced turf parking spaces

Creating A Strategy

Once a preliminary master plan was established, the design team proposed probable construction costs and an operating budget. Realizing the magnitude of a 200-acre sports complex and the need to construct it in phases, the team developed a priority of recreation needs for the community based on the quality, quantity and convenience of these existing facilities.

The implementation strategy identifies the complex to be constructed in five phases.Through an established strategic-phased approach, the city will construct the Copeland Recreation Complex to meet the most urgent needs of the community, and ultimately provide a unique economic and development catalyst for the region. For more information on the complex, visit www.rdgusa.com/parks/waukee.

Scott Crawford, ASLA, LEED AP, is a partner and landscape architect with RDG Planning & Design, which provides landscape architecture, architecture, interior design, lighting design, artistry, graphic design, strategic planning, urban design and comprehensive planning services. For more information, visit http://www.rdgusa.com

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