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Jackson Heights Park Visioning

Jackson Heights, NY 2014 | unbuilt

This study aimed to create a new vision for Travers Park in the neighborhood of Jackson Heights and to build on the great work of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance. The community ranks near the bottom for park space in New York City, and the Parks Department will be increasing the park’s size and renovating it soon. In collaboration with other community advocates, this plan was generated in order to influence the final design of the park. The park is envisioned as an inclusive social green space that can serve all the needs of the highly diverse neighborhood. The vision seeks to integrate a traditional park with a café, area for a farmer’s market, and sports fields within a constrained urban space. It promotes the use of local materials and environmentally sustainable design solutions. The vision was presented at a community hearing held by the Parks Department and attended by over a hundred members of the community.

[Collaboration with Afzal Hossain of Espresso 77 and Michael Carfagna of MPC Properties]