While New Bothwell, MB, is historically well known for its cheese factory, it’s not the only gouda thing about it. The private client—who has deep roots within the community—requested our services to create an innovative development master plan for a new pre-progressive suburban neighbourhood in New Bothwell.
The client saw the green space, which is much larger than the town, as a public park for its residents. They wanted the community to be able to access Woodland Park from their backdoor (like living in a park) as well as foster growth and inject energy into the community through space where people can gather and celebrate healthy living activities. We developed three different community plans that took inspiration from Wildwood Park in Winnipeg, Radburn community in New Jersey, the courtyard blocks in Barcelona and the layout found in traditional suburban communities.
We presented three community plans to the client, with options that included retention ponds, trees, pockets of green space and a variety of walking paths, recreation areas and gathering points. The client moved forward with our first option, giving residents the ability to look onto the park from their backdoor, and providing them with the opportunity to have fun outside whether it’s summer, fall, winter or spring.