Northam Park Phase II Improvements
City of Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington, OH
Park Improvements Reflect Goals and Aspirations of Community
When the City of Upper Arlington, Ohio began planning Phase II of its improvements to Northam Park—centrally located and enjoyed within the community of 13,000-plus residents—it asked OHM Advisors to lead design and create a plan for future enhancement. The city desired a new vision for the well-traveled park’s features, including updates to one of its three public pools, a promenade, interconnected walkways, a playground and picnic areas, along with stormwater management improvements. The project team created an innovative plan incorporating modern urban design and landscape architecture elements, using extensive community outreach efforts to build community buy-in and support.
Always a signature community destination, the park now includes upgraded features and abundant amenities including a new, modernized pool area with zero entry toddler pool, lap pool, diving boards and a climbing wall, along with a separate concessions building designed by the architects at OHM Advisors. Park entryway enhancements include a revamped promenade, a new drop-off area for visitors, and a centennial plaza and park gateway adorned by local artist sculptures. A relocated, nature-themed playground and reading garden adjoin the existing public library on the south end of the site. The realized design reinforces the character of the park and its surrounding community, as well as its meaning to the people who enjoy it.
Project Highlights: public space, pool, park, splash pad, landscape architecture, architecture, community engagement, stormwater management