The Economic Value of Urban Parks & Public Spaces, March 6, Hartford, CT

  • 6 March 2020
  • Start time : 09:00 AM
  • End time : 11:30 AM
  • Event Host : Connecticut Main Street Center
  • Event Location : CT Main Street Center Headquarters, 410 Sheldon Street, Hartford, CT, 06106, United States
The Economic Value of Urban Parks & Public Spaces, March 6, CT
Event Description


I. What is Landscape Architecture?
Phil Barlow helps us understand what landscape architects do and how they serve society, highlighting the professionalism and diversity of work of Connecticut’s landscape architects.

  1. Economic Value of Urban Parks

  2. 3 Case Studies:

 Albany Skyway - Transforming downtown Albany’s waterfront into an ideal urban center

Connecting downtown to the waterfront and the Arbor Hill and Warehouse District neighborhoods, as well as to the Mohawk Hudson Hike Bike Trail, the Albany Skyway addresses the community’s desire to repurpose overbuilt infrastructure to gain more access to the waterfront.

Funded in part by the Environmental Protection Fund from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the vibrant linear park will provide space for social gatherings, festivals, and other events. It will also encourage walking and biking, revitalize the economy, and create the unique urban ambiance so desired by today’s workforce.

 Meriden Green
The award-winning Meriden Green is a 14-acre public park and flood control program in the heart of downtown Meriden. A former remediated brownfield, design of the project required extensive collaboration between landscape architects and water resource engineers, working in tandem with brownfield experts, wetland biologists, geomorphologists, community stakeholders, federal, state, and local legislators, and government agencies.

The success of Meriden Green, and its transformation of downtown Meriden, exemplifies the effective use of landscape architecture practices. Solutions included green infrastructure; vibrant gathering spaces; economic development; habitat creation and restoration; and community outreach.

 Bushnell Park, Hartford
The 50-acre Bushnell Park is the oldest publicly funded park in the U. S. To Design, LLC has been completing landscape architecture projects at the park for over 10 years. Their work includes a circulation study, a plan and design manual for walkways and lighting, gateways and signage, and a redesign of the now fully accessible playground.

In collaboration with the Bushnell Park Foundation, the City of Hartford, and iQuilt Foundation, To Design, LLC has worked to ensure that this “crown jewel” of downtown Hartford is cherished and enjoyed for years to come.

  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Connecticut Main Street Center
  • Event type
    • Conference

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