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Confluence : a masterplan for Riverside Park Menard, Elise Patricia Maureen

Abstract

Riverside Park located in downtown Kamloops began developing as Citys’ premiere park in the early 1900’s. At this time there was an emphasis on programming for sport. Through the years the Park’s focus has shifted from sport to a gathering space for community events and celebrations.This transition, however, has occurred in the absence of an overarching vision for Riverside Park as a vital cultural space for Kamloops’ citizens. As a result, the Park lacks cohesiveness not only within its boundaries, but also with regard to the adjacent river system and downtown area. Riverside Park, therefore, fails to meet its full potential as the premiere park for the City of Kamloops. By addressing three important issues of connectivity: 1) within Riverside Park itself, 2) between Riverside Park and the Thompson Rivers, and 3) between Riverside Park and downtown Kamloops, this design proposal consists of a masterplan concept for Riverside Park which explores how this urban park can benefit from strengthened connections between the natural river system, park and urban fabric.

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