Bridge Park

As part of the work being done for Bridge 550 by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, our office identified the possibility of transforming the proposed storm water retention basin into a publicly accessible park that would connect the School Street neighborhood to the Blackstone River during the process of developing the Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan. The PDDP Team then collaborated on a conceptual design for the park itself, one that would merge ecological logics and pedestrian access, looking at how lanes for people could cross with channels of water. The water basin would need to accommodate 70% of the 100 year flood stage as part of the variance obtained by RIDOT from CRMC, be safe for the public, and offer new ways to see and experience the new bridge and the river’s edge.  This project is currently in process and in review at RIDOT.