A LOT has happened since our original post about the Gainsboro Park project…..
Construction is nearing completion for the linear park that stretches for nearly a half-mile along the eastern edge of Pleasant Ridge. This will be the culmination of a 16-month planning, design, and construction project that started back in July of 2015 with livingLAB teaming up with the community for a week long mobileLAB. (check out the project and process on the “what we do” page here).
The construction process is often difficult and inconvenient – especially for the residents. However, they are now starting to see their vision of a more connected park take shape. Some of the highlights include: closing Gainsboro Ave. to vehicles and transforming it into a 14-foot wide non-motorized path that connects the north and south ends of the park, improved connectivity and access to the park for residents, additional benches and bike racks, community garden space, incorporation of bioswales and rain gardens to control storm water, community gathering and seating areas near the Heart of the Park, an amazing new playground for 5-12 year olds, new dog park facilities with better connectivity to them, refurbished tennis, pickle-ball, and basketball courts, improved parking areas, and updated landscaping throughout.
livingLAB is proud to be a part of this project and identifies it as a textbook example of how strong collaboration between the design team and the residents of a community can help shape a project!