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Reimagining Wilmer's Park

dc.contributor.advisorKweon, Byoung-Suk
dc.contributor.advisorSeiz, Audrey
dc.contributor.authorAdams, Thomas
dc.contributor.authorAkers, Bryce
dc.contributor.authorContreras, Edenilson
dc.contributor.authorDashiell, Isiah
dc.contributor.authorErwin, Abby
dc.contributor.authorGonzalez, Carlos
dc.contributor.authorHargrove, Cierra
dc.contributor.authorJeon, Ryan
dc.contributor.authorMohan, Madison
dc.contributor.authorOurand, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorShelton, Gabrielle
dc.contributor.authorSteuernagle, Emmeline
dc.contributor.authorThomas-Cogar, Kennedy
dc.contributor.authorYang, Charlotte
dc.contributor.authorCakil, Yasemin
dc.descriptionFinal project for LARC:340 Site Planning and Design Studio (Fall 2022). University of Maryland, College Park.en_US
dc.description.abstractWilmer’s Park is a “80-acre parcel containing the ruins of a dance hall, motel, ranch house, covered stage, baseball and football fields. As a major stop on the Chitlin Circuit, Wilmer’s Park opened its doors to African-American musicians, entertainers, athletes and fans from the early 1950s through the late 1960s. Arthur Wilmer used his experience and connections developed as the owner of a night club in Washington, D. C. to bring both popular acts and up-and-coming performers to rural Prince George’s County; the bandstand at Wilmer’s Park showcased everyone from Duke Ellington and Otis Redding to the Temptations, Patti La Belle, and a young Stevie Wonder. The former tobacco farm played an important role in exposing emerging musicians to local African Americans during a time of segregation.” The park has been closed for 10+ years and the purpose of this project is to transform Wilmer’s Park for the residents of Brandywine or nearby communities. For this project, students work in teams of three to design a master plan along with an individual detailed site plan. The design program for these plans came from the residents’ comments from community engagement workshops, notes from Councilman Harrison’s interview, important stakeholders, the field trip, and guest lectures. The master plan does not include all 80 acres of the park and often identifies a phasing plan for the entire project.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPrince George's County Parks Departmenten_US
dc.publisherPartnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS)
dc.subjectNational Center for Smart Growthen_US
dc.subjectPrince George's Countyen_US
dc.subjectBrandywine Marylanden_US
dc.subjectLandscape Architectureen_US
dc.subjectCultural Landscapesen_US
dc.subjectAfrican Americanen_US
dc.subjectMusic Historyen_US
dc.titleReimagining Wilmer's Parken_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtDigital Repository at the University of Maryland
dc.relation.isAvailableAtUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md)

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