Parks + Playgrounds
Located on 8th Street in northeast Washington, DC, Arts Park converts DDOT’s Kearny Street Alley between Dance Place and the Brookland Artspace Lofts into a vibrant public park that celebrates the community of arts and artists of Brookland.
Lee and Associates created a new site design for the project that creates a series
of flexible programming spaces united by a flowing pattern of colored concrete pavers.
LAI’s site design activates the existing alley and integrates the space’s multiple uses:
two performing stages, a bike service and parking area and two native plant gardens.
LAI helped to administer a competition for various sculptural elements to be
incorporated into the park from the local community of artists: benches, decorative
bike racks, decorative bike repair station and a moveable sculptural sprinkler. A
canopy of blue shade sails provides an added layer of interest through shadows
cast on the special paving. LAI’s lighting design uses wall sconces and a series of
string lights that obviate the need for the normally harsh DC Alley lighting. A custom
artist-designed bike repair station provides an additional amenity for users of the
Metropolitan Branch trail, an on- and offstreet multi-use trail that passes directly in
front of the park on 8th Street.
Arts Park, through its design and programming, is positioned to become a cultural center for the already vibrant local community.
Image Courtesy: Jack Gordon