The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) in partnership with MassDOT and the Greenway Conservancy presented their concept design options for Parcel 2 on Wednesday evening.
Based on feedback from the second meeting, the project team presented three design ideas to the public. The goal of the meeting was to narrow down to one design concept for further development. Attendees were encouraged to discuss the different designs with a team member and write down their feedback for each option.
This Was Once A Pond Design
The first design, “This Was Once A Pond”, refers to the history of the location formerly being underwater when Mill Pond existed. Intended to incorporate a meadow aspect, the design also features a raised boardwalk and tiered seating. The scheme shows an edge framed by trees in order to create shade as well as a barrier between the park and the busy traffic on North Washington Street.
A concern raised by one resident was that the concept does not appear to be very dog-friendly. Several people noted that they liked the idea of a boardwalk, although one countered that it would be difficult to maintain during the winter.
Tiered Grove Design
The second concept design was created from feedback that suggested visitors would enjoy a grove characteristic to the park. Named “Tiered Grove”, the design features a nature grove of trees located in planting beds that rise out of the sidewalk to create tiered seating on the inner edge of the park. The open center leaves the potential for temporary art installations, which was among one of the top voted activities gathered from the previous public meeting.
Another feature discussed was the aspect of bringing New England geology to the park in the form of landscaping rocks among concrete tiered seating to create an illusion of solitude. Also found in this design is the tree edge intended to create a buffer against traffic.
Winter Garden Design
Featuring a warm ground aspect similar to that of the Greenway’s Dewey Square, the “Winter Garden” concept design aspires to bring a multi-season element to the park. Incorporating resilient seasonal planting and a theme of light, the design idea aims at creating a park that’s beautiful during every season—especially winter. This concept provides a more free-flowing, unique design as opposed to the other two options.
The seating arrangement for this concept would be a combination of flexible chairs and tables as well as benches placed in little pockets inside the gardens to create some solitude. One resident opposed the idea of moveable chairs and tables on the space, but many expressed their approval of the design’s curvy edges.
Those who attended the meeting were asked to vote for their favorite concept by placing a blue candy wrapper inside the jar of their primary preferred design option and a red candy wrapper inside their second preferred design option. The project team will use the feedback gathered at the meeting to narrow down the design options for Parcel 2 to just one of the concepts.
If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can share your thoughts and feedback through this online survey. The survey will be open until October 14 at 9 a.m.
Slated for completion in 2020, planning for the Greenway’s Parcel 2 park has reached the mid-point in the design process. The fourth meeting, planned in November, will present the public with the final design choice and request feedback on specific design elements.