Photo: William Michael Fredericks
Here are some highlights from what the advisors presented in teams, each focusing on a specific challenge:
1. Team Access underlined the need to make the park’s entrances more visible. They proposed:
- The Green Thing: a collection of large vegetated wayfinding arrows to lead people into the park;
- Art-trances: art installations to mark the entrances.
2. Team Navigation tackled how people can find their way around more easily once they're in the park. They proposed:
- Multilingual welcome maps in or near many entrances to the park;
- Signage system that would pair existing place names with bold symbols to make them easier to remember and find (e.g., the sign for a soccer field would include an image of a soccer ball), and show distances to other attractions and exits in the park.
3. Team Learning targeted for more interest in the park's history and landmarks. They proposed:
- Multilingual GPS-based smartphone application that would alert a passerby of notable points of interests tagging any upcoming events at specific locations.
4. Team Opportunity would like to encourage greater use of the park by people with different abilities and special needs. They proposed:
- Sensory Space Playground for All Children: A play area targeting all five senses that would be created in underused open space and buildings in the park.
A big thank you to all who attended despite the heavy snow and we applaud our community advisors for their inspiring presentations.