Urban Park Elements

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No need to overdo urban parks:  we don’t particularly need an “innovative statement”  in every open spot of our cities.   (That said, so many US cities are completely placeless, that innovative statements are the only thing that can create place)

This photo offers an illustration of solid design.  In plan, this park takes the form of a semi-circle with radial walks.  The components of the plan are straightforward.  All that is here is a regularized planting plan for shade trees, simple ground plane treatment – gravel and concrete curbs  as hardscape, lawn, border plantings and annual flowers for softscape and basic amenity elements – benches and a commemorative  sculpture.  This park is bounded on the left by a retaining wall, the top of which is decorative in a repeating pattern.  Perhaps the poorest choice are the lighting standards – nothing like the “globe” to date a place.

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