raSmith worked with the City of Brookfield Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a master plan and construction documents for the redevelopment of Lilly Heights Park. Many of the existing park facilities have been improved and updated due to age and proximity to the floodplain of a large existing wetland that borders the south end of the park. The western portion of the park site that was redeveloped is 11.4 acres. These improvements were identified to be implemented in the City’s Park and Open Space Plan.
The park improvements include a new ball diamond, a soccer field, a picnic shelter, a play structure, and a parking lot to support these amenities. Much of the site was regraded to improve drainage and manage stormwater runoff through a system of vegetated swales and bioinfiltration basins. Because of the proximity to the wetlands, water quality was an important component of the overall stormwater management system.
In addition to the park improvements, the City of Brookfield also worked on the extension of a section of the Greenway Trail System that borders the south end of Lilly Heights Park. This section of the trail follows along the wetlands to the south and includes boardwalks that will be constructed in the wetlands to provide trail connectivity from two existing neighborhoods that are adjacent to the park.