Updated designs for the park’s benches, tables, and stools retain the simple, wood-based character of the original furniture while making the park’s seating and gathering areas more comfortable and flexible for the range of uses the park serves today. New furnishings will be universally accessible and durable, and promote the social life and passive enjoyment of the park.

Existing Furnishings

A female jogger takes a seat on a park bench next a man enjoying the view of the sound
Two women sit facing each other on the concrete stools
Multiple people sit on the long wooden benches boardering the grassy berms

Proposed Furnishings


Rendering of square tables with a wooden top and matching stools

Two picnic table sizes and multiple configurations of fixed seating will provide many social options. Stool bases will be designed so that they do not interfere with table legs or prohibit movement. Companion seating and clear spaces for wheelchairs will be provided throughout seating areas.

Rendering of a long wooden table with stools. One area is clear of stools to provide space for a wheelchair.


Rendering of a long wooden bench connected to a small retaining wall

New benches will be similar to the orignal design, with occasional arm rests to make sitting down and getting up easier, and to meet ADA guidelines.

Supplemental Seating

A group of women sit in yellow folding chairs around a bright blue movable table

Movable chairs allow people the freedom to choose where to sit: in the sun or shade, in small or large groups, by the action or by themselves. Existing capacity of fixed tables and chairs will not decrease; movable options are supplemental.


Rendering of a wooden guard rail on top of a concrete wall

In the North and South Rooms, a small counter will provide a casual place to stop and appreciate the view over coffee or lunch.

Rendering of a decorative metal guard rail.

In the central Belvedere area, the decorative guardrail design will be udpated to meet current design standards and code requirements.


The existing lighting in the park does not meet current standards, and its technology is out-of-date. Park lighting will be improved to provide a more welcoming and comfortable atmosphere in the evening hours.

Our priorities

  1. Correct light levels throughout
  2. Correct (match) color temperature throughout
  3. Minimize contrast (light/dark)
  4. Enhance wayfinding
  5. Ensure a holistic aesthetic
Map of existing lighting shows incosistent brightness along the park's pathways and seven non-functioning lights

The park currently has very bright spots and very dark spots. Light levels and light color is uneven. It does not promote a sense of safety or help welcome people into the park.

Red "X"s indicate non-functioning lights (spring 2016).


Pedestrian pole lights will be replaced with a similar fixture that disperses light better, is shielded on top, and does not produce glare. The bulb will be a warm-toned LED. 

A tall black pole with one cross bar supports a round glass bulb in the park
A new fixture is similar to the existing pole light, but directs more of the light downwards


Bollards will be replaced with similar, more narrow bollards and new LED luminaries. The design team is exploring ways to cast light in a 180 degree or 360 degree pattern to improve the lighting of the pathways and the edges of the lawn. Off the shelf, powder-coated bollards will also be studied to ensure that the best possible light is selected for the park.

Existing bollard light is boxy and made of concrete
Sketch of a very similar, but narrower bollard light

Picnic Shelter Lighting

The new picnic shelter will have two types of lighting: “jelly jar” lights illuminating the space below, and concealed uplights to make the ceiling glow.

Rendering of new jar shaped lights under the picnic shelter
Night view of the lights fully illuminating the picnic shelter