Stratford Park is Stroud’s main park. Within its 56 acre boundary it boasts a large fully equipped Leisure Centre with outdoor courts and astro soccer pitch, a museum housed in the original mansion house with a walled garden, a children’s play area, a lake, an arboretum, large open green spaces, a miniature railway, woodland and stream.
Footprint has put together two interpretation plans for the park. The most recent develops aspects of the first, produced several years ago. It builds on the concept of the whole park as destination, bringing together all its constituent parts to offer visitors a combined total experience. Footprint handled an original branding and signage project for the park and this plan takes this forward in line with the new ten year Management Plan for the park.
Stratford Park sits right on the edge of Stroud, yet only a five minute walk from Stoud’s town Centre. While it sits opposite a grocery superstore and is accessed via busy roads, it marks the beginning of the beautiful Painswick Valley and there are views up the valley from the park.
The plan was based on the use of natural materials for signage – timber (from the park as a result of necessary tree fellings) combined with routing and carving techniques.