A previous meeting presented four design concepts for the space, after the feedback was taken into consideration, the designs were broken down into two final concepts for the park. Before moving into the final design phase, residents had this one final meeting to offer their likes and dislikes within each of the final two concepts.
Concept 1 features a large functional space at the top and defined areas for seating and recreational space. Having tress on both sides with flexible seating, the stairs are strategically staggered to prevent kids or balls from flowing into the street. Inner wall seating runs along the recreational area and the design includes three park entrances.
Concept 2 offers strategically placed seating platforms to provide unique views for the surrounding scenery while also acting as an indirect barrier between the street and recreational area. More of an “open layout,” this concept is utilizing more seating platforms and a more inviting design, featuring trees with a small plant bed on a raised platform for the entire park.
Each of the two final design concepts drew praise from the audience, the general consensus from residents was that both are a vast improvement from the existing condition, and both have several trees to provide adequate shading without blocking historic views like the Paul Revere House.
The project was originally budgeted for a total of $180,000 but an additional funds request for $172,000 was accepted by the city, bringing the total construction budget up to $352,000. Final design and coordination with public works and the Boston Water and Sewer Commission will ensue over the winter, with construction expected in 2016.
When the floor was opened up for the public to provide feedback and preferences, the following topics were discussed:
- Materials used in each “section.”
- Concerns over railings, or lack thereof.
- Elevation differences between each concept [Insight: the elevation for both are relatively the same, the entrance on concept 1 can look misleading].
- Type of trees that will be used in the park.
- Would you consider putting posts along concept 2 to prevent traffic and parking along the sidewalk?
- Wood, weathering and budget maintenance.
- Cobblestones, how about including that somewhere in the plan?
- Historical significance, how to preserve it? Could something be incorporated into the pavement of the park, telling the story of the park and the significance of the square itself?
There was no clear favorite at the meeting, please take the poll above to voice your opinion on which design concept you like best!
Comments are also welcome below or direct to Allison Perlman at firstname.lastname@example.org.