Check Out What’s in the Works at Saint Frances: A New Outdoor Campus

Check Out What’s in the Works at Saint Frances: A New Outdoor Campus

RENOVATIONS CURRENTLY IN DESIGN PHASE

At this point in time, we are envisioning having a gathering space in the center of the lawn on the Southway Drive side of the church with walkways leading from the parking lot and from Southway Drive to the circular gathering space and also having walkways to the three entrances to the church as well as to the Memorial Prayer Garden, which will be situated on the lawn between the church and the Parish Center.  The Memorial Prayer Garden will incorporate the St. Joseph the Worker Statue and the Memorial Bricks with the intention of incorporating additional Memorial Bricks in the future. We will also be incorporating four handicapped parking spaces along the church side of Goble Court. These handicapped spaces will be indented so as to leave more room for cars to pass by.
 
We are also contemplating an attractive walkway from the parking lot which would bring our parishioners to the gathering area on the church grounds and also another attractive walkway alongside the Father Laut building to allow for our parishioners to make their way from the church to the Monsignor Woods Hall. In addition to the resurfacing of the parking lot, there will be some trees, islands with shrubbery, the relocation of the lighting fixtures and four handicapped parking spaces.

In summary, currently our tentative plans include the following:

  • Large plaza/gathering space on the Southway Drive side of the church including two seating walls incorporating the stones removed from the interior of the church during the installation of the stained glass window
  • Memorial Prayer Garden with benches incorporating the St. Joseph the Worker Statue and the Memorial Bricks on the lawn between the church and the Parish Center
  • Five foot wide, stoned-paved walkways from the plaza/gathering space to the church entrances and to the Memorial Prayer Garden
  • Sloped curbing along the length of the drop off area on Southway Drive
  • Ten-foot wide, stoned-paved walkways with lighting from the Father Laut parking lot to the plaza/gathering space near the church and continuing to the main entrance to the church
  • Four ADA recessed-parking spaces on the church side of Goble Court
  • Four ADA parking spaces in the the Father Laut parking lot
  • Seventeen additional parking spaces in the Father Laut parking lot
  • Stamped asphalt running the length of the Father Laut parking lot near the school building
  • Repaving of the Father Laut parking lot, Monsignor Woods Hall parking lot, the rectory parking lot and driveway
  • Planting islands with trees, shrubbery and relocated lighting in the Father Laut parking lot
  • Pedestrian connection from the Monsignor Woods Hall parking lot to Southway Drive
  • Sidewalk and trees along the length of Southway Drive from Goble Court to Goble Court
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