Opportunities for creating public space in the inner city are plentiful when planners focus on existing, unused locations in creative and unique ways.
This session will explore innovative projects that repurposed vacant public spaces in Los Angeles and Baltimore and where diverse communities have played a role in re-envisioning distressed assets to build more livable neighborhoods. Strategies for engaging communities and approaching urban park space in fresh ways will be highlighted. These parks feature community driven designs specific to local need, incorporating childrens' play structures, adult fitness equipment, shaded gathering spaces and sustainable landscaping. They are the realizations of the surrounding community's vision for an oasis in densely built, urban neighborhoods.