Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park

Wilson, North Carolina

The two-acre downtown Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is a showcase of art and a “green oasis” for public gathering and events. The park was formerly an old industrial site and is located next to the Industrial Artisan District. More than 30 “whirligigs” created by artist Vollis Simpson highlight of the downtown park, exhibiting art conservation in the heart of Wilson. The park features a platform for various art pieces as well as a plaza area for a Town Market, lawn and informal amphitheater for community events and gathering spaces, and on-site stormwater treatment. A series of public meetings established Goals and a vision for the park, engaging the citizens in the development of the downtown site.


Public Process Facilitation, Site Design, Community Outreach

Walter Havener

NC Main Street Best Outdoor Space Improvement, APA NC People’s Choice: Great Public Art

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