Designing for Community: Eager Park
Saturday, October 24, 2020 12:00 pmEnds
Saturday, October 24, 2020 12:30 pm
About the Event
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Eager Park is bringing people together in East Baltimore. The community-driven design of the 5.5 acre park at the core of an unprecedented $1.8 billion dollar development in East Baltimore, celebrates the history of the community and its proud residents while serving as an anchor for economic development. The live-work-play environment promotes healthy and sustainable living through design, amenities, retail mix, and opportunities for the community to come together. The park invites outdoor activities as well as community events, including concerts, graduations, farmer’s markets, and sporting events, by providing multiple spaces for people to come together and interact, including the southern plaza, amphitheater, overlook, pavilion, great lawn, playground and community garden.
MRA teamed with Gensler Architects to drive the park’s human-centered design strategy deploying extensive community engagement and visioning sessions to stimulate dialogue about the future of the park. The team’s process yielded a layered set of design principles based on community values, civic responsibility, cultural awareness, local history, social impact, neighborhood ownership and active play. Various user groups gave voice to the plan including long-time neighborhood residents, teens and students, school teachers and staff, Hopkins medical staff, graduate students, new residents and young families, as well as long-term Hopkins patients. Cultural identity was of prime importance to many of the long-time residents and local community from whom the design team drew inspiration.
One of the primary goals of the park is integrated fitness, health and wellness. Beyond the pavilion are intertwining paths with exercise equipment hubs, open-field play areas, and a playground installed by the community in conjunction with national non-profit Kaboom!. Educational placards explain how bio-swales function and their role in protecting a healthy environment.
Eager Park is opening the sky up to a beautiful community and the types of activity that will make them stronger.
About the presenter
Jingpeng Gu, PLA, LEED AP, Mahan Rykiel President
Jingpeng Gu brings a truly unique perspective to landscape architectural design with a Master of Architecture from Tsinghua University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Penn State University. This dual degree allows for a greater understanding of the relationship between buildings and their exterior spaces. While working for an architectural firm in Beijing, Peng specialized in high end interior design. As a landscape architect at Mahan Rykiel, Peng has a broad range of project experience including: waterfront parks, urban design and streetscape, rooftop gardens and civic open space landscape design.
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