News Release

Town of Hilton Head Island Logo

Hilton Head Island-Based Wood and Partners Inc. Chosen to Lead Design Services for Parks Improvements

August 18, 2021

The Town of Hilton Head Island announces the selection of Wood and Partners Inc., to master plan Chaplin Community Park and Crossings Park, two of its recreational properties that are staples for baseball and softball games, soccer match ups and other events. 

The Wood and Partners Inc.- led team including Design Workshop, Watson Tate Savory, Thomas and Hutton, and Newkirk Environmental met the requirements the Town sought for this project. Consultants will kick off the projects next week with workshops and a community engagement session: 

Town Council Workshop
Monday, August 23 at 11 am
Stephen G. Riley Municipal Complex (Town Hall), 1 Town Center Court. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the workshop will also be streamed live on the Town's public meeting Facebook page.

Open Park Day Drop-in for the Community
Monday, August 23 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Chaplin Community Park, 21 Castnet Drive  

Parks and Recreation Commission Workshop
Tuesday, August 24, at 10 am at Town Hall 

Members of the public who plan to attend the in-person meetings at Town Hall are required to wear face covering or mask in Town buildings.

The project calls for preparation of plans for reimagining Chaplin Community Park and the redevelopment of Crossings Park, 4 Haig Point Circle, as a dedicated baseball and softball sports park with expanded community amenities. This is consistent with recommendations for the parks from the recently adopted Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Our Plan. 

"These are two of our most used recreational parks. The work we are planning for them are major capital projects that will invigorate the Town’s parks and recreation system," said Mayor John McCann.

"We have a community of youths and adults who enjoy every opportunity to be outdoors and engage in sports activities. As recreational sports expand in our community, we want to be prepared to accommodate them and provide amenities such as parking, pet areas, and restrooms that go along with our extensively used parks. As these park facilities are reimagined and work gets  underway, they will lead to enhanced developments in the area" said Town Manager Marc Orlando.

"This is a very exciting time for the Island’s parks and recreation community, which has been dedicated to the master planning process for several years," said Taylor Ladd, Project Planner for the Town. "We are looking forward to working with an exceptional team to revitalize two parks that have served our community well and have great potential to further our vision for best-in-class parks and recreation."

Wood and Partners Inc. has been based in Hilton Head Island for over 30 years and specializes in land planning and landscape architecture. The firm led the planning for the Town’s recently opened Lowcountry Celebration Park. For this project,  Design Workshop will serve design advisors, and  Watson Tate Savory will provide park architecture services. Thomas and Hutton will provide civil engineering and stormwater management; and Newkirk Environmental will serve as the environmental and cultural consultant.

For more information, contact Taylor Ladd by phone at 843-341-4607 or email at

About Wood and Partners Inc.
Wood and Partners Inc. (WPi) is an award-winning land planning and landscape architecture firm founded in 1988 on Hilton Head Island, S.C. WPi is in its third generation of ownership and as offices in Hilton Head Island, SC, and Tallahassee, FL. WPi's practice spans both public and private sector markets including mixed-use, residential communities, resorts and hotels, commercial villages and town center, multi-family, planning and urban design, park and recreation facilities, K-12 education facilities, college and university facilities, and healthcare, medical and assisted living campuses. The firm's diversified practice and loyal client following has provided a strong foundation for solid performance over the past 30 years. For more information, please visit

About Design Workshop
Founded in 1969, Design Workshop is an internationally renowned design firm specializing in landscape architecture, urban planning and strategic services with eight offices in the U.S. and projects spanning the globe. The firm has been recognized with more than 535 prestigious awards. Design Workshop differentiates its planning and design process through DW Legacy Design®, the integration of art, community, environment and economics in every project. From fragile ecosystems to urban sites in rapidly changing cities, Design Workshop works in challenging environments around the world. For more information, please  visit

About Watson Tate Savory
Watson Tate Savory is an award-winning firm with offices in both Carolinas. Central to its design approach is a deep regard for the people who use their buildings and the contexts in which the buildings are placed. The company has received more than 50 design awards for its projects since 2000 and has been published internationally, nationally and regionally. For more information, please visit

About Thomas and Hutton
Thomas & Hutton provides comprehensive solutions to complex engineering and design challenges to a diverse group of private and public clients. The firms provides professional consulting; civil, environmental, structural and marine, transportation, water resources, and water and wastewater engineering; surveying; planning; landscape architecture; geographic information system (GIS), and construction administration services to clients in an array of markets in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and throughout the southeast. For more information, please visit

About Newkirk Environmental
Established in 1984, Newkirk Environmental Inc. is one of the most experienced, privately owned environmental consulting companies in the Southeast. Exclusively devoted to environmental surveying, planning and permitting, Newkirk Environmental Inc. provides professional consulting services to clients representing industries such as utilities, development companies, municipalities and private landowners. By working closely with each client, the Newkirk Environmental Inc. team ensures compliance with environmental regulations while maintaining the client goals and objectives. The company’s scope of work includes wetland delineation, threatened and endangered species surveys, wetland master planning and permitting, storm water inspections, natural resource management, interagency coordination, and the development and implementation of mitigation sites and mitigation banks. For more information, please visit

Carolyn Grant, Communications Director