289 Derby Placemaking
Client: City of Salem Collaborators: Creative North Shore, CBA Landscape Architects, City of Salem, dozens of local businesses, nonprofits, artists, and people of all ages 289 Derby engaged locals in the hands-on design of a new half-acre waterfront park. We showcased the possible and stimulated people’s imaginations with five Community Design Events on the empty lot: locals gathered and helped design a new public space together. An on-site Event Calendar broadcast upcoming events and results from preceeding weeks that people stopped to read as they walked by the site. A large-scale chalkboard engaged people to give input in their own time. We used innovative strategies like “Placemaking Placemats” and “Doors of Engagement” to gather more useful input that was translated to five distinct park designs. Over five weeks, events engaged the community to Dance & Design, Play & Plan, Eat & Imagine, and more leading to a unified choice for a new waterfront park scheme.
Fairmount Greenway Open Space Visioning
Along the Fairmount Greenway there are six priority open space parcels identified through neighborhood community processes and by the Fairmount Greenway Task Force. We engaged residents in a series of visioning session for each parcel.
The new open spaces include two community gardens (one completed in Mattapan and one in progress in Uphams Corner), an urban agriculture site in Codman Square that’s been producing food since 2014, a food forest in Four Corners, and an in-process visioning for long-time neglected DCR playground in Hyde Park.