Thursday, July 23, 2009

Shoehorn Parks

A wonderful concept is shoehorning parks into areas in urban environments that one normally does not associate with parks, but it is being done with style, as this article from The Trust for Public Land notes.

An excerpt from the news release.

“From Boston to Seattle, crowded cities are finding ways to create parkland in untraditional places. Amid the new high-rises, parking lots and shopping malls, cities are reclaiming space from old factories, railyards and airports, sharing space with schoolyards and cemeteries, and building parks on the tops of roofs and reservoirs. Imaginative strategies from creating park land in cities that seem "all built out" also include cleaning up old waterfronts , closing roadways to cars, and more. In the May, 2009 issue of Landscape Architecture magazine, TPL's Peter Harnik tells the story of today's "Shoehorn Parks."