We're planning to take these designs on tour throughout the neighborhood to solicit feedback and continue to craft the vision for the space. These concepts are very preliminary, but give you a great idea of the hidden potential locked in this space.
Concept #1: "Rittenhouse Model"
Concept #1 features the most formal spatial relationships, containing many right angles and a straight sight line through the middle of the park from Carpenter Street to Montrose Street. It is also the most symmetrical of the three designs. Concept #1 also includes:
- No grass
- High amount of patio space
- Oval-shaped rain garden
- Oval-shaped dog area
- Primary entrance on 17th Street
Concept #2: "Island" Model
Concept #2 is balanced around a central island of vegetation and meeting space, surrounded by lawn. It is less formal than Concept #1, using curves in addition to straight lines. The paved paths and circulation routes are similar to those demonstrated at Julian Abele Park. Concept #2 also includes:
- Elevation changes (island down to lawn)
- No dog area
- Open lawn space
- Central rain garden
- Large flower beds
Concept #3: "Sculputural" Model
Concept #3 is the least formal of the three designs, utilizing sweeping arcs and irregular curves to define spaces. It exhibits asymmetry but is composed around a central patio area. Both a dog-friendly area and lawn are present. Concept #3 also includes:
- Two rain gardens
- Rear flower beds
- Primary entrance on the corner of 17th and Carpenter Streets
- Dog area separated by low wall
- 'Woodland' planting aesthetic
Credits: Plans and perspectives drawn by Stephen Panasci, Peter Straus and Jake Kuklick.