Honor: Public Architecture
Project name: Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park
Project location: Boston
Firm name: Weston & Sampson | Spurr Design Studio
Jury comments: The fully inclusive park and children’s playground also provides a harbor walk link that closes an existing gap along an urban waterfront corridor, bridging diverse and previously disconnected sections of the city. Accessible elements do not leap out—a good thing which allows all children to feel that they are included and on the same level. This is a superstar project–a totally inclusive environment that makes it easy to imagine people of all ages and abilities playing together. Sited next to a rehabilitation center, the park also speaks to people seeking personal revival. Repurposed materials are put to excellent use on a great site, and nod to the dry dock concept. The architects put multiple grades to good, accessible use—a step beyond what was required for a site that was initially level.
Client: City of Boston, Boston Redevelopment Authority
Consultants: MacKay Construction Services, Irrigation Consulting, ME O’Brien & Sons, Sterling Desging, Boston Parks & Recreation Department