Wake Forest Innovation Quarter today announced architectural and landscaping improvements coming to Bailey Park in the first half of 2016. An entrance plaza with a water feature and awalkway connecting upper and lower levels are among the enhancements that are being added to Bailey Park in a community development initiative supported by local foundations and corporations.
Work on the improvements at the 1.6-acre publicly accessible green space in the Innovation Quarter will be completed in April. The Innovation Quarter is undertaking the project with funding support by:
- Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
- Wexford Science + Technology
- The John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation
- The Millennium Fund
- The Winston-Salem Foundation
- Stimmel Associates, PA
- Grubb Properties
- Whiting Turner
“Bailey Park is for the whole community,” said Eric Tomlinson, president of the Innovation Quarter. “It’s gratifying that many local foundations and corporations have come together to support the further development of this unique resource.”
Enhancements to Bailey Park will include a new entrance plaza featuring a “water wall” on the North Patterson Avenue side opposite the Bailey Power Plant. Bailey Park’s two levels will be connected by an elevated concourse by two short flights of stairs, one rising to the upper-level stage area and the other descending to the new street-level plaza.
The enhancements also include new landscape features such as limestone terraces, planting areas bordering the lawn and a grove of cherry trees. Stimmel Associates, PA, which provided the initial design and landscape architecture services for Bailey Park, will provide the same services for these enhancements.
“Bailey Park has had a positive impact for the City and has proven to be a great venue for a wide variety of events and activities. The additions announced today are sure to make it an even more attractive and versatile locale,” said Lindsey Yarborough, senior manager of community relations for the Innovation Quarter.
Bailey Park, which opened in April 2015, is bordered by East 4th, East 5th and Vine streets and by North Patterson Avenue. It operates year-round between 7 a.m. to dusk, with special events taking place by arrangement outside of these hours.
Detailed information about Bailey Park, including a calendar of events, is available at www.baileyparkws.com.