For my group’s design activity we were tasked with designing a eagle egalitarian public park. This was no easy task!
One of the first things we thought about was the physical location of a park and how that might affect who would be able to access the park. We decided that making sure the park was easily accessible by public transportation as well as having nearby public parking was a high priority.
One interested discussion point was around the types of parks that exist and what their intended purpose is. Some are designed for young children and families by focusing on play spaces. Some serve as outdoor museums by feature prominent architecture and art work. Some are for the dogs. While others are for historic land preservation. In the end we decided to model our park based on Boston Common, with some added room for play spaces.
Most parks are only open from dusk until dawn, which might not fit in everyone’s schedule. Because of this, we decided to make our park open 24 hours. With adequate lighting of course.
We also started looking into what accessible jungle gyms looked like and realized that the entire play area could be designed to be accessible. From ramped slides to swings and even round abouts that sit at ground level, we realized that this was an area that was overflowing with resources.
We also spent some time talking about park benches and how it seems in recent years benches are being designed to prevent homeless from sleeping on them. This is usually done by placing an arm rest between seats or by making single park benches. We decided to go back to the traditional style benches of the past, but agreed that we needed to spend more time thinking about how we could use the park as an opportunity to assist with homelessness.
We talked about a few other things, but almost forgot that we were supposed to build a physical representation of our park. The image below is not an indication of my crafting abilities (that’s what we do in LLK), but it is an attempt to outline the pieces of the park that we thought were particularly important to address.