Fry park picnic shelter



  • Client:  Stark Parks District
  • Status: Completed Spring 2018
  • Size: 348 acres, 1,800 sf Shelter
  • Services: Architectural Planning and Design, Construction Administration

The 348-acre Fry Family Park has beautiful rolling topography with a mixture of grasslands, hardwood forests, a pond, wetlands, and significant stream and wooded riparian corridor.  It provides habitat for an array of songbirds, game birds, raptors, and small mammals.

The Fry Family Park opened on Aug. 26, 2017 and will includes on-site parking, an outdoor picnic shelter/pavilion and kiosk. Future work includes the renovation of the Fry home as a Visitor Center. The park will eventually serve as a trailhead for the Sandy Valley Trail, a major southeast trail system currently under development. Fry Family Park honors the memory of Stark Parks’ first director, Richard Fry, and his family.

The shelter/pavilion components include:

  • Covered-seating for 120 people (15-picnic tables @ 8 people/table)
  • Operable wood-slat barn doors/screen walls, used to protect visitors from strong prevailing winds on the site
  • Integrated prep-counters with electrical power
  • Integrated Restrooms constructed of pre-cast, board-formed concrete panels for minimal maintenance, long-term durability, and acoustic properties
  • Dimensional lumber-framed construction with stone masonry corner piers