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  Butterfield Park, Page 48Butterfield Park
P.O. Box 4635, Yuma, AZ 85366


Wellton, Arizona
Total Square Feet: 2,830
Construction Period: June 2003 to Oct 2003 

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: J & F Sand, Gravel & Construction - 13650 N. Frontage Road, Yuma, AZ 85367
COST ESTIMATOR: DeWald Architects - P.O. Box 4635, Yuma, AZ 85366

Butterfield Park is named after the historic stagecoach which carried the Overland Mail Route stretching from St. Louis, Missouri through Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, across the Colorado River at Fort Yuma, and all the way to San Francisco, California in the wild west of the mid 1800's. The park was originally constructed by the County of Yuma in the 1950's, and the Town of Wellton inherited the park from the County after the town incorporated in the early 1970's.

The park is situated on hillside land which has a beautiful view of the fertile Gila River Valley and the rugged Kofa Mountains to the north, and an important aspect of the new design program was to capture that open panorama. The existing park facilities were undersized for the crowds attending public events, were not handicap accessible, and were not properly designed for the natural slope of the site.

The design program required the new facilities be enlarged to accommodate larger crowds at public events, be resilient to the constant abuse which public park facilities are subject, be in full compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, and be properly illuminated to provide a safe and convenient environment for public use after dark.

New buildings and ramadas are noncombustible construction of concrete masonry block, architectural structural steel, and prefinished metal roofing. The new facilities are designed for durability and provide complete resistance to fire. Restroom fixtures and equipment were selected for maximum longevity and resistance to vandalism, and to minimize maintenance. Lighting fixtures are anodized aluminum, high pressure sodium.

Sloping hillside terrain presented a unique challenge, and the architect paid close attention to vertical control of the pedestrian walkways and facility floor elevations to insure convenient and barrier free access to all public buildings, ramadas, and park amenities.

Paint finishes were selected to provide a festive colorful southwest outdoor environment, while providing an economical solution for repair and touch up in those instances when graffiti and vandalism occur.

The park project was very much anticipated and needed by the community, and close coordination between the architect, the town manager, and the mayor and council resulted in a successfully completed project with a master plan for further future construction.

DIV 03:
Concrete Block: Superlite.
DIV 07: Manufactured Roofing & Siding: McElroy; Metal Ramadas: Porter Corp.
DIV 09: Paint: Valspar.
DIV 10: Restroom Accessories: Bobrick.

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