Brownbag Luncheon:: Pierce’s Park

Pierce’s Park
Brown Bag Luncheon with Scott Rykiel, FASLA LEED AP and Peng Gu, RLA LEED AP of Mahan Rykiel Associates 

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 :: Noon – 1:00 PM

The Baltimore Architecture Foundation
@ the offices of SMG Architects
1016 Morton Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Pierce’s Park
Please join us for another FREE brownbag luncheon as Mahan Rykiel discusses their design for Pierce’s Park. In line with Waterfront Partnership’s ‘Healthy Harbor’ Sustainability Initiative, the Park will be built as a sustainable space, not only in design but with educational opportunities as well. This will include indigenous trees, native plantings and pervious surfaces for walkways; it will also include bioswales that will incorporate water collected on the adjacent building’s roof and educate children about the benefits of capturing runoff.  The Park design will be centered on two circular open/play spaces, separated by undulations in the ground that mimic waves. They will be surrounded by berms that are high enough to enclose the spaces for the children but low enough for adult visibility to see beyond.

About the Park:
Located in the heart of Baltimore City within an easy walk of the National Aquarium and all of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor attractions, Pierce’s park will be a place for imagination, for community and for nature and urban life to co-exist. Named after local business and community leader Pierce John Flanigan III,  the Park will evoke memories of Pierce Flanigan’s love of the environment and the Chesapeake Bay. The design includes play opportunities provided by locally produced, commissioned sculptures and landscape features. One planned sculpture includes a raised area shaped as the hull of a sailboat, with trees providing the mast feature.