Working with the City of Cambridge, Stoss has designed three parks as part of a new open space initiative in eastern Cambridge. The design of each park will be guided by the Eastern Cambridge/Kendall Square Open Space (ECKOS) Study and Connect Kendall Square Open Space Competition, which resulted in a framework plan for the overall network of open spaces in eastern Cambridge.
Triangle Park is located between Edwin H. Land Boulevard, First Street and Binney Street. The design for the park developed out of an initial programming study completed by the City and began with a ‘program confirmation’ stage in which Stoss studied the given program sizes and reflected the findings in the design solution. As part of the process, Stoss also worked in conjunction with the City in the development of further public engagement activities and refinements to both the programming and park design.
The design features a gateway plaza with a variety of spaces to gather and relax, an interactive water plaza, a lush lawn for gathering and a dense grove with a dramatic view to the Charles River. As small ‘leftover’ spaces within a quickly developing area of Cambridge, these parks are expected to add important space for stormwater collection, both active and passive recreation, intimate spaces for local workers to sit and eat lunch, host small events such as outdoor movies or music. Partnering with Nitsch Engineering, the team has developed sustainable stormwater systems with a high level of stormwater infiltration to meet the City of Cambridge regulatory requirements. The stormwater systems collect stormwater generated from the parks, as well from adjacent streets and parcels, providing a level of stormwater management that exceeds regulatory standards.
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