Dimmick Park Playground Barry Isett

Dimmick Park Master Plan & Phased Improvements


Dimmick Park Master Plan & Phased Improvements

Project Information

Type:

CLIENT:

  • Hellertown Borough

LOCATION:

  • Hellertown, Northampton County, PA

SPECS:

  • 18.5 acre park
  • Phased improvement plan

SERVICES:

AWARDS:

  • Outdoor Recreation Award (Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, 2019)

CONTACT:

info@barryisett.com

Dimmick Park Improvements

Dimmick Park has been Hellertown’s beloved community park since the 1930s. Its 18.5 acres of mixed active and passive recreational opportunities have become a regional hub of activity—emerging as a destination for youth and adult athletic associations, as well as home to most of the borough’s annual community events.

During the creation of the Master Site Plan, Isett worked closely with borough officials to develop a public engagement process soliciting feedback from stakeholders and residents, then utilized the information gathered to guide the development of three concept sketches. Formulated under DCNR guidelines, the process involved focus group meetings, key person interviews, general public meetings and study committee meetings. Borough officials worked closely with Isett to envision a plan, identify appropriate grant sources, and apply for funds over a several year cycle.

Isett’s work included opinions of probable costs for the improvements and revenue projections based on park improvements outlined in the plan.

Completed projects to date that were part of this plan include restoration and rehabilitation to the park’s historic grandstand and pavilion, a new band shell, pool house repairs, concession stand upgrades, and a new and improved playground. Crucial to the success of these projects—Isett secured grants from DCNR; DCED Act 13 and Local Share Account programs; and county and regional funding opportunities.