In late January, ESLC staff along with its project partners from Cross Street Partners, the City of Cambridge, Parker Rodriguez, and Dorchester County, hosted two community design meetings and a project kick-off event to celebrate and gather community input for Cambridge’s soon-to-be newest public space – Cannery Park! The park, which will be located adjacent to The Packing House, is the culmination of a planning and funds-seeking process that has been in the works for seven years.
Parker Rodriguez, the Alexandria, VA-based landscape architecture firm that was selected to generate the park’s master plan, attended all events and spent the week in Cambridge crafting preliminary designs for Cannery Park (see below) based on the feedback from residents and partners.
Along with ESLC staff, members from the City of Cambridge, Dorchester County, Cross Street Partners, and Parker Rodriguez will be in attendance during all of the week’s events. The restoration of Cambridge Creek, along with the removal of an inactive railroad line so as to create a rail trail connecting the park to downtown, will be among the first action items in the creation of the new park.
Parker Rodriguez was founded in 1996 as a full-service land planning, landscape architecture, and urban design firm serving public and private clients across the U.S. The firm has a strong record of working in close collaboration with public planners, citizens, architects, and artists during its projects, which has led to landscape design that is imaginative, sensitive to the community, and authentic to place – all reasons that the firm was selected from the many who submitted proposals. The firm is also known to be deeply informed by principles of sustainability, believing that good design and ecological effectiveness are not mutually exclusive.
For more information about the media event on January 23rd, please contact ESLC’s Communication Manager David Ferraris at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.690.4603 x165. For questions regarding the community design charrettes, please contact ESLC’s Community Projects Manager Elizabeth Carter at email@example.com or 410.690.4603 x152.