Hawkins Partners led the master planning team charged with developing a long-range plan for the Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm that is home to the legendary Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Bonnaroo has successfully created a unique event that maintains true to it roots while continually refreshing itself each year. As result, it has consistently remained one of the premier festivals in the United States.
The master plan provides a clear direction for continuing this legacy and future permanent improvements that serve as armatures for their creative energy. The plan balances the development of permanent improvements and temporary installation needs of events while maintaining the optimal flexibility.
With crowds of upwards of 80,000 people descending on the site for four days the site becomes an “instant city” and has many of the same needs and characteristics as its permanent counterparts that have evolved over decades. The master plan addressed on-site camping, transportation, access, utilities, pedestrian circulation, festival features, transit routes, venue layout, landscape improvements, landscape stewardship, and spaces throughout the festival.