Professional architects, landscape architects, intern architects, urban planners,
engineers, artists, students, and other design professionals are all eligible to apply
Purpose: Tuscawilla Park serves as an integral downtown asset to the City of Ocala. Historically the park has served as the City’s central park where city-wide events were held and the congregation of citizens’ was prevalent. In addition, the Tuscawilla district has an abundance of historical structures many of which are in need of rehabilitation. The competition will serve a two-fold purpose; first as a catalyst for innovation and creativity, second as a tool that will educate and inform the citizens’ of Ocala for a clear community understanding for the vision of the Tuscawilla district. The City Auditorium and American Legion Building are two structures within the park that the City would like to see ideas that address the need/lack of need within the park and community. Currently, the Tuscawilla district is in a period of rebirth where both the citizens’ and City are looking for ideas that meet the needs of the growing community.
Registration begins: 11/14/2011
Registration ends: 12/31/2011
Submissions deadline: 02/28/2012
Jury Review: 03/01/2012 – 03/16/20112
First Prize – $5,000
Second Prize – $2,500
Third Prize – $1,250
Jury: To consist of city staff and other design professionals from the local community and universities. The jury’s intent will be to provide an independent and impartial selection of the entry that best attends to the concerns regarding the Tuscawilla district.
Design Challenge: This competition will address issues of Tuscawilla Park and its neighboring areas. The submissions will incorporate the following issues: mission statement and goals set forth by the City, which are:
Primary: The integration of the Discovery Center with Tuscawilla Park and the application of the mission statement and goals set forth by the City, as follows:
The mission of Tuscawilla Park is to enhance quality of life by:
1. Facilitating economic development through connectivity, amenities, and programming.
2. Promoting the environment by emphasizing natural elements and enhancing open spaces.
3. Supporting recreation, education, cultural arts, and community events.
Goals for Tuscawilla Master Plan:
1. “Right-size” the park to meet current and future needs.
2. Establish links to adjacent areas.
3. Make improvements that emphasize the water as an organizing element.
4. Use local design elements and materials to create a unique sense of place.
5. Encourage private/public partnerships and support mixed use development as a catalyst for encouraging redevelopment and private investment.
6. Remove tangible and intangible barriers to increase utilization of area.
7. Include adaptable spaces that support activities at both the amateur and professional level; to be marketed both locally and regionally.
8. Provide an environment for personal growth and social interaction for all ages and abilities.
Secondary: Address the need/lack of need for the American Legion Building and City Auditorium in Tuscawilla Park.
Design submittal requirements: The City of Ocala will provide two 24×36 inch base maps in both digital and hard copy formats. All submittals must incorporate the base maps in their design as well as any other form that best represents the designers overall vision. All submittals must include both digital and hard copy formats. Digital formats accepted include; PDF, JPEG, or TIFF any other form will not be accepted and therefore the entire submittal will not be judged.
Design selection requirements: The selected jury will make their selection based upon the design that best incorporates the primary and secondary issues of the Tuscawilla district laid out in the Design Challenges section.
All submittals and related concepts will become the property of the City and will not be returned. The City may use submittal materials for its purposes including promotional materials without providing the originating design professional compensation for such use; however credit for design will be given to the individual/firm. The City may or may not elect to implement all or part of the submittals and may or may not elect to hire the selected firm to proceed with preparation of construction documents, permitting, or construction, etc.