Pages in category "Pocket parks"
The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 22 pages are in this category, out of 22 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Pocket park – A pocket park is a small park accessible to the general public. Pocket parks are created on a single vacant building lot or on small. They also may be created as a component of the space requirement of large building projects. Pocket parks can be urban, suburban or rural, and can be on public or private land, although they are too small for physical activities, pocket parks provide greenery, a place to sit outdoors, and sometimes a childrens playground. They may be created around a monument, historic marker or art project, in highly urbanized areas, particularly downtowns where land is very expensive, pocket parks are the only option for creating new public spaces without large-scale redevelopment. In inner-city areas, pocket parks are part of urban regeneration plans. Unlike larger parks, pocket parks are designed to be fenced and locked when not in use. Small parks can increase the value of nearby homes, one study conducted in Greenville, South Carolina, found that attractively maintained small and medium parks have a positive influence on neighboring property values. Pocket parks, such as the Balfour Street Park can be created from small unused areas of public land, in Santiago Chile the first pocket park was created beside of Palacio La Moneda at Morandé Street. It was an initiative of Architecture Departament of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, in Columbus, Ohio, Polaris Founders Park was opened in 2011 and holds a 35-foot wind sculpture. In Los Angeles, where there are restrictions on how close registered sex offenders can live to parks, local officials planned three pocket parks to drive undesirables from a given area
2. Bathurst station (Toronto) – Bathurst is a subway station on Line 2 Bloor–Danforth in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The station, which opened in 1966, is located on Bathurst Street just north of Bloor Street West and it is a major transfer point for both bus and streetcar routes, including the 511 Bathurst route, which provides services to Exhibition Place. Wi-Fi service is available at this station, the ticket collector and turnstiles are in the station building at the surface, which puts streetcar and bus platforms within the fare paid zone. The opening of the elevators in January 2000 made the fully accessible. Elevators provide access between the platform and concourse, and between the westbound platform and street level via the concourse. There are also regular stairway and escalator connections between all levels, the station serves The Annex and Koreatown neighbourhoods. Nearby destinations include Honest Eds, St. Peters Roman Catholic Church, Bathurst Street Theatre, Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Lees Palace, Central Technical School and this temporary tribute remained on display until just after Honest Eds closing on December 31,2016. Temporary signs hand-painted in the familiar Honest Ed’s style welcomed customers at street level, in addition to this unique tribute, the TTC’s November 2016 Metropass featured Honest Ed’s famous sign. The TTC later installed a permanent tribute to Honest Eds on the level in a passage leading to the streetcar/bus platforms. This tribute consists of five panels and a mural. The panels show photos, store signs and other associated with the former department store. The mural, on the wall opposite to the panels, is a realistic, the trompe-lœil image makes the doors hardware look 3-dimensional. There are two images of the vault door on one of the five panels. The piece of land between the station building and Bathurst Street, encircled by the streetcar loop tracks, is used by the City of Toronto as a public park. Previously named Bathurst Subway Parkette, a ceremony took place on September 22,2008 to rename the park Ed & Anne Mirvish Parkette. Ed Mirvish had been a known local businessman whose landmark Honest Eds discount store, is located nearby at the southwest corner of Bloor Street. Media related to Bathurst Station at Wikimedia Commons Bathurst Station at the Toronto Transit Commission
3. Jackson Square Park (Manhattan) – Jackson Square Park is an urban park in the Greenwich Village Historic District in Manhattan, New York City. The 0.227 acres park is bordered by 8th Avenue on the west, Horatio Street on the south, the park interrupts West 13th Street. The triangular area moved from an unimproved public rallying place to a classic Victorian viewing garden, then a childrens playground, two footpaths would emerge as foundational streets in what is today’s Meatpacking district and West Village of Manhattan. One footpath led up from the trading station called “Sapohanikan” and was both largely perpendicular to the shore and aligned closely to the solar equinox of spring and fall. It would become what we today call Gansevoort Street and its parallel offspring, Horatio Street, forms the southern border of the park. The other footpath came up from the south and would become what we today call Greenwich Avenue, by the late 18th century the footpaths had evolved into roads, with connecting roads emerging to the north. The citys first war memorial was erected in 1762 among farmland at the terminus of Greenwich Avenue a few hundred feet north of what is now Jackson Square Park. It was an obelisk honoring British Major General James Wolfe who died in the Battle of Quebec, by 1773, the monument no longer appeared on local survey maps, though why it was dismantled is unknown. On March 22,1811 the New York State Legislature adopted the Commissioners Plan of 1811, although the decision to have 8th Avenue drive south below 14th Street appears to not have been implemented until the 1830s. This 8th Avenue extension would become the side of the park. At the same time, Gansevoort Street was truncated by half a block, therefore no longer intersecting with what is Greenwich Avenue and it is not certain when the triangular area was formally named “Jackson Square” but it is referred to as such in local newspapers by the early 1850s. It was presumably named for Andrew Jackson, US President from 1829 to 1837 and it is not to be confused with the contemporaneously owned private park of the same name at the foot of Jackson Street at the East River. Nighttime illumination came from burning tar barrels, later gas lighting, certainly by the early 1850s Jackson Square had become a regular location for fireworks and music each 4 July, a tradition which would last for decades. During the second half of the 19th century, the Jackson Square area was referred to as the “Scotch quarter and it was also known for its Irish-born residents from the three northeast counties that are closest to Scotland. Two great halls, Jackson Hall and Caledonian Hall, were sited on separate lots on what is now 2 Horatio Street, the Jackson Square Branch of The New York Public Library opened in 1888 at adjacent West 13th Street. George W. Vanderbilt provided funds while renowned architect Richard Morris Hunt was retained for design, the triangular area was enclosed with a high iron railing, sodded and planted with a half dozen small trees. In 1873 sidewalks of blue-stone were added around the perimeter of the fenced-in greenery, after several years of lobbying from the public, in 1887 Mayor Abram Hewitt promoted a citywide effort to improve public access to small parks and squares that were not open to the public. In that year Parks superintendent Samuel Parsons Jr. and consulting architect Calvert Vaux collaborated on a new design for Jackson Square, by August 1888, the City Parks Commissioner officially opened “Jackson Park” after four months of construction
4. York Avenue / Sutton Place – York Avenue and Sutton Place are the names of a relatively short north-south thoroughfare in the Yorkville, Lenox Hill, and Sutton Place neighborhoods of the East Side of Manhattan, in New York City. York Avenue runs from 59th to 91st Streets through eastern Lenox Hill, the street is considered among the citys most affluent, and both portions are known for upscale apartments, much like the rest of the Upper East Side. Addresses on York Avenue are continuous with that of Avenue A in the Alphabet City neighborhood, starting in the 1100 series and rising to the 1700 series. Sutton Square is the cul-de-sac at the end of East 58th Street, just east of Sutton Place, the geography of Manhattan left a large area on the Upper East Side east of First Avenue without a major north-south thoroughfare, so Avenue A was added to compensate. Sutton Place, the name applied to the whole street at the time, was originally one of several disconnected stretches of Avenue A built where space allowed. In 1875, Effingham B. Sutton constructed a group of brownstones between 57th and 58th Streets, the earliest source found by The New York Times using the term Sutton Place dates to 1883. At that time, the New York City Board of Aldermen approved a petition to change the name from Avenue A to Sutton Place, the block between 59th and 60th Streets is now considered a part of York Avenue. Both townhouses were designed by Mott B, schmidt, launching a career that included many houses for the wealthy. )Very shortly thereafter, developers started to build grand co-operative apartment houses on Sutton Place and Sutton Place South, including several designed by Rosario Candela. Sutton Place encompasses two public parks overlooking the East River, one at the end of 57th Street and another at the end of 53rd Street. The 57th Street park, named Sutton Place Park, is separated by a fence from the landscaped grounds behind One Sutton Place South. The property behind One Sutton Place South was the subject of a dispute between the owners and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. In 1939, city authorities took ownership of the property behind One Sutton Place South by condemnation in connection with the construction of the FDR Drive, the buildings lease for its backyard expired in 1990. The co-op tried unsuccessfully to extend the lease, and later made prospective apartment-buyers review the status of the backyard. Residents of Sutton Place include writer Eve Curie, architect I. M. Pei, designer Kenneth Cole, former residents include Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, C. Z. One Sutton Place North, a townhouse at the northeast corner of Sutton Place and East 57th Street, was built as a residence for Anne Harriman Vanderbilt, the Secretarys home is 0.6 miles from the UN Headquarters. These townhouses have a park at the rear with FDR Drive running below along the East River, the auction house Sothebys is headquartered on York Avenue. 1935/37 – Sutton Place at East 53rd Street is the Dead End of the play and movie of that name,1947 – In John Cheevers short story The Enormous Radio, the main characters, Jim and Irene Wescott, live in an apartment in the Sutton Place neighborhood. 1948 –1 Sutton Place North is the home of Alison Courtland and her husband Richard in Douglas Sirks film noir Sleep,1951 – Sutton Place is mentioned in J. D. Salingers novel Catcher in the Rye as the location of a swanky apartment
5. Verdi Square – On the south the square fronts West 72nd Street, across the street to the south lies Sherman Square. The 72nd Street New York City Subway station lies under the square, the Verdi Square entrance to the station in the square is one of only three remaining head houses on the IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line. In the center of Verdi Square stands a monument to the opera composer Giuseppe Verdi, a statue of him by Pasquale Civiletti stands at the top of it and statues of four of his most famous characters are on the base below him. In the landscaping devised by Lynden Miller in 2004, flowers around the statue bloom in the spring, in the 1960s and 1970s Verdi Square and Sherman Square were known by local drug users and dealers as needle park as depicted in The Panic in Needle Park. Part of this was due to Verdi Squares location between the 72nd Street entrance to Central Park, which leads directly into Strawberry Fields, and the 72nd Street entrance to Riverside Park. In addition, the services that stopped at the 72nd Street station in the 1960s and 1970s made trips to both Harlem and the Bronx, both of which suffered from rampant crime during that time. A new second entrance head house to the 72nd Street station, completed in 2002, has increased the area to the west. The addition of the new house has incorporated Verdi Square as part of the pedestrian complex. This, coupled with an increased NYPD presence in the new house, has decreased the areas popularity among criminals. The festival brings back to a square frequented by Caruso, Chaliapin, Toscanini. Memorials to Giuseppe Verdi Verdi Square – New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Verdi Square, in a precious corner of West Side the music goes on. By Tiziano Thomas Dossena, Bridge Puglia USA, April 2012 Verdi statue,1906, New-York Historical Society, Robert L. Bracklow Photograph Collection
6. Abingdon Square Park – Abingdon Square Park is located in the New York City borough of Manhattan in Greenwich Village. The park is bordered by Eighth Avenue, Bank Street, Hudson Street, Abingdon Square Park is one of New York Citys oldest parks, and at 0.25 acres, one of it smallest. It is maintained by the Abingdon Square Conservancy, a community-based park association, in cooperation with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. New York City acquired the land on which the park resides on April 22,1831, in the 1880s, an effort was initiated by Mayor Abram Stevens Hewitt to expand public access to parks. Architect Calvert Vaux was part of a group created a new design for Abingdon Square. The square was part of a 300-acre estate purchased by Sir Peter Warren in 1740, in 2005, the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation recognized the parks then-recent renovation with a Village Award. On August 3,2009, a garden was established inside the park as a memorial to Adrienne Shelly. The M11 and M14A bus lines terminate at Abingdon Square, media related to Abingdon Square Park at Wikimedia Commons New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Abingdon Square Park. January 2004 - Capital Project of the Month Literary Reading Interrupted - The Fool of Abingdon Square Park
7. Paley Park – Paley Park is a pocket park located at 3 East 53rd Street between Madison and Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan on the former site of the Stork Club. Designed by the architectural firm of Zion Breen Richardson Associates. Paley Park is often cited as one of the finest urban spaces in the United States, key to its success is a 20-foot high waterfall spanning the entire back of the park. The waterfall creates a backdrop of grey noise to mask the sounds of the city, the park is surrounded by walls on three sides and is open to the street on the fourth side, facing the street. The walls are covered in ivy, and the overhead canopy formed by honey locust trees adds a degree of serenity to the park. A privately owned public space, Paley Park was financed by the William S. Paley Foundation and was named by Paley for his father, Samuel Paley. A plaque near the entrance reads, This park is set aside in memory of Samuel Paley, 1875–1963, Social interaction in the park was analyzed in the film The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces by William H. Whyte. Paley Park served as the inspiration for a similarly sized urban park in Charleston, South Carolina, a wheelchair ramp is positioned on either side of the four steps that lead into the park which is elevated from the sidewalk level. The park displays a blend of synthetic materials, textures, colors. The wire mesh chairs and marble tables are light and dont detract from the surroundings, the parks ground surface is not terrazzo or concrete but features rough-hewn granite pavers which extend across the sidewalk to the street curb. The honey locust trees were planted at 12-foot intervals, the green of the ivy-covered side walls contrast with colorful flowers, and the white waterfall, cascading at 1,800 US gallons per minute, masks the noise from the street. Paley Park is located blocks from the Paley Center for Media. Privately Owned Public Space, The New York City Experience
8. Broadview station – Broadview is a subway station on the Bloor–Danforth line in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The entrance to the building is from Broadview Avenue just north of Danforth Avenue, the station, which is the north-eastern terminus of the 504 King and 505 Dundas streetcar routes, has two streetcar platforms and five bus bays to allow riders to transfer between connecting routes. Wi-Fi service is available at this station, Broadview Station was opened in 1966 as part of the original segment of the Bloor-Danforth line, from Keele Station in the west to Woodbine Station in the east. The elevators entered service in 2006, and the stairs from the subway to the bus/streetcar platform afterwards. The next stage of the renovation was to build a stairway from the platform to the eastbound subway platform. This was completed and opened in 2008, however, it was closed shortly afterwards due to water ingress, media related to Broadview Station at Wikimedia Commons Broadview Station at the Toronto Transit Commission
9. Dante Park – Dante Park or Dante Square is a park in front of Lincoln Center in New York City, New York. The park was established by Italian-Americans in honor of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, carlo Barsotti, editor of the paper Il Progresso Italo-Americano, originally wanted to gather funds for a much more substantial statue to be placed in Times Square around 1912. Because of fundraising difficulties, by 1921, the 600th anniversary of Dantes death, a statue of the same casting is featured at Meridian Hill Park in Washington, DC. The park underwent renovations in the early 1990s funded by the Radisson Empire Hotel, list of New York City parks Bill Morgan. Literary Landmarks of New York, p.128, Dante Park Description at the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
10. Drumgoole Plaza – Opened on November 5,2003, the park is maintained by Pace under the management of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Drumgoole Plaza was the first of the 13 public open spaces renovated or created with funds from Lower Manhattan Development Corporation to revitalize Lower Manhattan, the Department of Parks & Recreation and Pace University reconstructed an empty lot into a sitting area with 1964 New York Worlds Fair benches. Other features include decorative paving, granite and concrete curbs, and streetlights for public safety, the landscaping added around 20 new trees, with species including goldenrains, honey locusts and hollies. 1,100 shrubs were added, including perennials, ornamental grasses such as hazel, hydrangea, blue star. Drumgoole, who joined the priesthood in midlife, worked to help homeless youth, list of parks in New York City New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
11. Girard Fountain Park – Not to be confused with Stephen Girard Park in south Philadelphia. Girard Fountain Park is a 0. 15-acre pocket park in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia and it is open to the public during daylight hours and is maintained by the Philadelphia Fire Department. The park was created in the mid-1960s after the demolition of four 3- and 4-story commercial buildings that had stood on the northeast corner of 4th, a firehouse was built on the corner lots, while the lot formerly occupied by 325 Arch was cleared. The park was improved following the 1976 grant of money from a fund established by banker Stephen Girard to improve areas near the Delaware River. In 1971, a sculpture of Benjamin Franklin by local sculptor Reginald E. Beauchamp was installed atop the front wall. Penny Franklin was unveiled on June 10,1971, by U. S. Mint Director Mary Brooks, over the next two decades, the sculpture, also known as Penny Benny, became one of the citys best-known landmarks. But it eventually deteriorated and became a potential hazard, for a while, the sculpture was kept from tumbling onto the sidewalk by ropes rigged by the firefighters from the firehouse next door. In 1996, it was removed to city storage, in 2003, the citys public arts agency commissioned sculptor James Peniston to replace the older work. Peniston sculpted a bust of Franklin in bronze and covered it with casts of 1,000 keys collected from local schoolchildren, called Keys To Community, the one-ton sculpture also contains several brass nameplates representing Philadelphia firefighters fallen in the line of duty over four centuries. The sculpture was funded by the Fire Department and by more than 1.5 million pennies donated by schoolchildren in 500 area schools. It was unveiled and dedicated on October 5,2007, the park itself had fallen into disrepair by the mid-1990s, and its gate was generally kept locked by the Fire Department. But a restoration effort, begun around 2005 and led by Old City residents Janet Kalter and Joe Schiavo, in the wake of the sculptures dedication, Fire Department officials consented to restoration work on the fountain. The work began in June 2008 and the fountain was restored to operation in August, the Fire Department formally returned the fountain to service in a Nov.1 ceremony. A horseshoes pit has been added to the park, a history of the parks location at jepsculpture. com. Photo of buildings demolished to clear parkland, November 20,1959, photo of rear wall under construction, December 14,1967, PhillyHistory. org. Photo of rear wall under construction,1969, PhillyHistory. org, photo of rear wall, completed, March 30,1969, PhillyHistory. org. Photo of front wall with Penny Franklin sculpture, May 11,1977, photos of Keys To Community,3 October 2007, Flickr. com. Keys To Communitys entry at Philadelphia Public Art@philart. net, before-and-after photos of restored park, August 2008, Flickr. com