Camp Fitch, a 100-year-old resident camping facility on the shore of Lake Erie, offers a variety of year-round programs for youth summer camp, family camp, retreat modes and Outdoor Education school groups. Continuing a relationship which was started in the 70’s, in 2017, with a recent change in leadership and several upcoming building projects in mind, Camp Fitch engaged Domokur Architects to provide Master Planning services.
The Camp property consisting of over 450 acres, presented both opportunities and challenges. The Lake Erie Bluff, Crooked Creek, Lake MVIMA and associated tributaries, steep slopes and wetlands created regulatory setback requirements, flood areas and development limitations.
The Master Planning process explored concepts which took advantage of elevated views of Lake Erie. Trails, boardwalks and raised pavilions connect to a restored natural corridor and provide ecological programming opportunities. In addition, a proposed roadway roundabout, pedestrian thoroughfare and condensed parking area addressed concerns with a public roadway dividing the site, improved the entry and arrival sequence, and defined pedestrian and vehicular circulation routes. A Welcome Pavilion, Maker Center complex, Activity Hubs, and new linear cabin arrangements were among the many proposed improvements. Domokur Architects utilized a 3D printed model of the site and buildings as a tool to visualize the site conditions and engage stakeholders in the Master Planning process.