ONLINE OPEN HOUSE: March 9 – 30, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the North and South Rooms, a small counter will provide a casual place to stop and appreciate the view over coffee or lunch.
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The existing lighting in the park does not meet current standards, and its technology is out-of-date.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.
- Correct light levels throughout
- Correct (match) color temperature throughout
- Minimize contrast (light/dark)
- Enhance wayfinding
- Ensure a holistic aesthetic
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.
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.
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.