The Pocket Parks at Birkdale

A proposal for the development of multi-generational pocket parks within Birkdale

“Why doesn’t Birkdale have a place where people can gather?” 

-Madison, age 11

THE PROBLEM

This question isn’t so easy to answer. Time. Money. Politics. Diverging interests and needs. Relationships. Property. The golf club Vs. the community, etc. There are many complex adult answers to this child’s question. Yet, all seem to fail in resolving the fundamental problem. Birkdale is a community without a center. 

In fact, this question has been raised from the very first plans in the development of Birkdale. Mix in the privatization of the golf course and the pool, add in the acute isolation of a global pandemic, and it has become apparent that for a neighborhood to thrive, there must be a place for neighbors to come together.  

Birkdale is made up of neighbors who count on each other, lend a hand and go out of their way to be kind. 

And that’s the point. As a neighborhood without a center, we have to go out of our way to meet; go out of our way to play; go out of our way to gather; go out of our way to share. Such resources are expected of planned neighborhoods. So, we drive to other neighborhoods and area schools, and local churches to gather. Yet, this decades-old, complex problem has a simple solution. 

THE SOLUTION

Parks. 

Nothing extravagant. Nothing unsightly. Simple multigenerational pocket-parks with spaces for those who want to meet and hold a conversation, for kids to get their hands dirty and play, to wait for the bus, an outdoor classroom space for homeschoolers, and for the rest of us to share a cup of coffee, stretch before our morning run, or watch the sunset with our favorite people.

Within this proposal, we have done our best to present options for the development of three spaces- one to serve each unique area within the neighborhood. We have done so within a reasonable budget to be broken down over the course of two years. And we have looked to creative solutions for underutilized areas with our neighbors, safety, parking, noise, and traffic in mind. 

TAKE ACTION

We can’t see around all the corners, and we are asking for your help. 

The full proposal can be found by clicking the button below. 

Once you’ve read the proposal, we ask that you fill out the survey by clicking the second button to let us know about your ideas, your concerns, your solutions, and your interest. If we find that the neighborhood disagrees with what we’ve put together- great! We have our answer and this issue can be put to bed. If we find significant support in developing these spaces for our neighborhood, we sure could use the hands, minds, and hearts of the Birkdale community to make it a reality. 

Please submit your survey responses no later than Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 by 8 pm. We will be presenting our findings and the final proposal during the May 5th community association meeting. At that time, we’re happy to answer any questions that you might have and enter into a meaningful dialogue. We’d also love to have you come and cheer us on.

Your neighbors.

Contact: 

Sterling Hundley (804)306.9536, Birkdale Parks Committee Chair


Birkdale is a planned community of over 650 homes in western Chesterfield County in the Hull St. corridor. The development was named for the Royal Birkdale Golf Course in England, and it is built around a privately owned golf course and lakes.