Don Haskins Recreation Center And Park | El Paso, Texas

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City of El Paso

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  • El Paso, Texas
PSC Project Size

Project Size

100 acres

PSC Project Components

Project Components

  • Sports fields
  • Picnic Stations
  • Restrooms
  • Playground
  • Shade pavilions
  • Walking trails
  • Arroyo protection
  • Siren system that senses flooding a mile away
  • Gym
  • Basketball and volleyball courts
  • Workout room
  • Athletic fields
  • Covered playgrounds
  • Lounge area
  • Staff office
  • Central control desk
  • Equipment storage
  • Support Spaces 

Imagined as an oasis at the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, the Westside Community Park within the Three Hills (Mulberry Dam) Park in El Paso acts as a gateway to hiking the adjacent undeveloped terrain. The project redefines El Paso’s approach to reusing detention basin areas for beneficial public use.


The City of El Paso selected Parkhill and Schrickel Rollins (before the 2018 merger) as a member of the multi-discipline design team to master plan and design the expansive El Paso Westside Community Park and Recreation Center (later renamed the Don Haskins Recreation Center and Park). The site began as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Albuquerque District regional detention pond. The team coordinated with the USACOE about flood control issues in the Mulberry Dam drainage basin.


The multiple-award-winning park and recreation center project incorporates hike and bike trails throughout the entire site. The park utilizes the once derelict land for recreational purposes with sports fields, picnic stations, restrooms, and playground and shade pavilions. The recreation center — located in a safe zone above the flood plain — houses two gymnasiums, a lounge area, a game room, exercise/weight room, staff office, central control desk, equipment storage, and support spaces.

 

This engaging collaboration was a highly fluid design process that involved nearly all of the firm’s disciplines, including Architecture, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, MEP/Structural, and Cost Estimating. Also, it involved key personnel in eight areas, including Community, Higher Ed, Water Resources, K-12, MEP/Structural, Site Development Planning, Transportation, and Treatment.

 

The 30,000-square-foot Don Haskins Recreation Center, girls’ softball fields, and large picnic pavilion were sited at that highest elevation. Unique characteristics of the project included multi-agency coordination, arroyo protection and a siren system that senses flooding a mile away. The design exceeded the goals of the client and promises a new level of flood safety during floods through Parkhill’s use of ICPR computer modeling.

 

The recreation center and associated outdoor amenities were the first phase of the master plan. Sited on a remnant parcel of flood control land, the project elevated the components, including a gym, basketball and volleyball courts, athletic fields and covered playgrounds. Preliminary collaboration with the owner and interested citizens affirmed the building as the park’s center of activity, an idea that is reflected in its radiating geometry. This design maximizes visual control for staff while orientating patrons to their destinations through a series of arches that correspond with various activities. The center stands out as a beacon against the desert landscape with both subtle and bright washes of color, while simultaneously offering patrons opportunities to connect with nature.


Awards
  • 2009 AIA El Paso Design Awards "Mayor's Award"
  • 2009 AIA El Paso Design Awards "Honorable Mention"
  • 2008 Texas Council of Engineering Companies Engineering Excellence Awards "Silver Medal Winner"


Project Leadership
  • Hector De Santiago, AIA
  • Troy Swinney, PE
  • Joe Rapier, PE


Services Provided 
  • Master Planning
  • Architecture 


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