Howard Commons
Howard Commons
Howard Commons
Howard Commons
Howard Commons

Howard Commons

Village of Howard, WI

The Village of Howard has made a commitment to create a vibrant Village Center. The Shive-Hattery team was challenged with creating an urban park, rich with amenities, to reinforce a sense of community, and provide space for outdoor reflection, interaction, activity and performance.

The solution is an environment with visual and architectural continuity with the history of the region, with extensive use of local stone, public plazas, seating and green spaces. A landscaped park and amphitheater with sloping lawn and open air stage, will support movie nights, outdoor concerts, and events large and small. A covered pavilion will shelter farmers markets, provide enclosure for festivals, concerts, exhibitions, and civic gatherings. Refrigerated ice for skating will make the pavilion a beacon for activity even in the winter months. An activities center will accommodate indoor seating, conference space, skate rental, ice-support operations, along with a full-length viewing window into the pavilion.

A multi-function tree-lined public plaza, will include a beer garden and dining opportunities, forming a gateway to activity areas, anchored by a splash pad for warm weather use. Pavers will be used extensively to provide scale and warmth, along with planters, allowing perennial and seasonal landscaping.

Strengthening the “heart” of the Village, Howard Commons will transform this three-block area into a year-round family-oriented "place for people."