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    New to park planning

    Hello,

    I am working on a project for my masters and need some help. The project is planning a town park for a small town (~5,000 people) in northeastern Arizona. The park is about 8-acres (approx. 2 by 4 acres, it is a rectangle) and rather flat. Although I have a lot of ideas for the park I am wondering,

    What is the best software program to use to draw the park map?

    Please help!

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    Quote Originally posted by studentplannerAZ View post

    What is the best software program to use to draw the park map?

    Please help!
    ?!

    The one you are most comfortable with and have access to.

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    You realize that true park planning involves a significant amount of public input concerning community desires, needs, and what the community can afford and maintain, right? For a master's thesis, just draw some pretty pictures...you know, green growy stuff here, picnic tables there, a swim center, shared athletic field over there, some passive points in the other corner, and parking and restroom facilities near the access point.

    Ink on mylar....maybe some zipatone and formaline Take me a no more than a couple of hours and a jug of wine.

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    I'd lay it out on graph paper then transfer the final design to onion paper by using t-squares, triangles, and french curves.
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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I'd lay it out on graph paper then transfer the final design to onion paper by using t-squares, triangles, and french curves.
    Yup, onion paper is pretty soft.

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    I hope that you guys are pulling this kids leg and not serious about actually drawing something the dinosaur method.

    Its the computer age.

    Google Sketchup. If you don't already know how to use it, it's time to learn. Free download. Does require some time to learn.

    Use 3D Warehouse for features such as playground equipment, ball courts, etc.

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    Quote Originally posted by studentplannerAZ View post
    Hello,

    What is the best software program to use to draw the park map?

    Please help!
    Same program used to do any site design. AutoCAD.
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    Quote Originally posted by smccutchan1 View post
    I hope that you guys are pulling this kids leg and not serious about actually drawing something the dinosaur method.

    Its the computer age.
    Dang nab whippersnappers with your fancy GPS and computers!
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    Do not forget your red wine and watercolors ( need a onion paper that is almost card stock in thickness for this)....I only color at dusk as I find the inspiration really transform me..

    Use autocad to do the linework and render it in photoshop..

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    What you use to draw it will usually be dictated by how the final plan will be used. Is it merely a conceptual drawing? There is a lot to be said for hand-drawn designs. You coula also use many other common programs like Adobe Illistrator, Corel Draw, Google Sketchup, etc. If the drawing is intended as a starting point for engineering design, the only answer is CAD.
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    If you are laying out fields and things with specific measurements - Autocad would be fine. If you want to give a feel - a more graphic presentation would likely get your thoughts across better. Illustrator or hand-sketching in combination with a more technical program like autocad would likely work well.

    If you're in a time crunch - use something you already know. If you want to learn a useful software (ie for your career in the working world) - Sketchup (esp if you want some 3-d aspect to it), Illustrator (good coloring capabilities for plans, ability to integrate photos, esp combined with photoshop, for perspectives), Autocad (good for exactitude) would all be good options, but give very different results.

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    wow..your doing that for your masters?
    interesting how some schools work..

    access points.. curvilinear design..focal points.. place making..

    id go with... Autocad for the exacts measurements, I'd also considering grading and slope for drainage.. then moving the autocad stuff into both sketchup and illustrator... doing a 3D model (using twlight render to make it perk-up) and also a 2D model looking down at the park.. using photoshop to help both jump off the pages for both 3D renders and the siteplan.

    cheers

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