Heidi Evans, Ashley Fleck, Matthew Scott, Caleb Spyksma
Third Space Park facilitates community connectivity through gathering-focused, integrated, and inclusive space-making. In community building, a “third place” refers to a place of gathering outside of the first place, home, and the second place, work. The name Third Space reflects the intent – a “space” in which third place-making can occur through gathering over time.
This design pursues inclusivity through specificity, creating a series of interconnected, memorable gathering spaces each characterized by purposeful differences in scale, material, planting, and program. These diverse spaces reflect the diverse backgrounds, abilities, ages, and activities found in the growing community around the park, while their nterwovenness imagines an interwoven neighbourhood, learning and growing by gathering across boundaries.
The importance of gathering extends beyond humans to the gathering of food, rainwater, and wildlife, with edible plants throughout, a community garden, wildlife-friendly planting, and an integrated system to purify and cycle rainwater run-off for irrigation and recreation.