The Shoelace Master Plan project is a community effort!
Read below to learn more about the outreach efforts that have been integral to
the formation of the Master Plan.
Youth Design Team Meetings - March 2009
Ideas and experiences of children and teenagers are a central part
of the Master Planning process. Mathews Nielsen Landscape
Architects, environmental educators and staff from the Bronx River
Alliance met with the Shoelace Park Youth Design Team twice during
the month of March. The youth are from three Bronx neighborhood
schools: Bronx Lab, Bronx High School of Computers and Technology
and The Learning Tree Cultural Preparatory School.
On March 12th the students and designers went on a field trip to
Shoelace Park (and Fort Knox) to prepare for a design workshop the
following week. The students explained to the designers how they
use the park and what they would like to see in the future. In
exchange, the designers taught the students about the park's
history, showed them the effects of flooding, demonstrated how to
measure a tree's caliper and introduced them to the planning process.
On March 18th the students and designers participated in a design workshop or charrette
Learning Tree. The afternoon was divided into three parts.
- As a warm-up exercise, the students created a word cloud that
described how they viewed the park today and what they would like
to see in the future.
To understand the natural environment, the designers and
students worked together to create analysis diagrams on ten feet
long aerial photographs of the park. The 100-year floodplain, the
historic roadbed of the Bronx River Parkway, playgrounds and access
points were mapped and discussed.
Lastly, the students and designers divided into two groups and
created idea plans that reflected their new understanding of the
park. The students were taught how to measure with engineering
scales and each group pinned up their plan and presented their
ideas to the group.
The sketch below is from one of the two plans.
Mathews Nielsen then took the information drawn on by each group
and created the plans you see below.
Community Workshop #1 - April 2009
A team of a dozen designers and facilitators worked with
representatives from the community on April 7th at the Bronx
Community Board 12 office located at 4101 White Plains Road. The
meeting lasted from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and will be followed by a
second workshop on June 9th at the same location. The meeting
lasted from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
The goals of the workshop were to introduce the park master
planning process to the community, provide an overview of the whole
park environment and to understand how the community uses the area
now and what they value in the park. After a brief slide
presentation by the design team, the group divided into three
design tables and the participants shared ideas for changes they
want to see in the near term and then over the next 10 - 20 years.
These ideas and existing condition information were mapped and
presented by a community resident to everyone at the end of the
evening. Mathews Nielsen will use the information gained here and
at the Youth Team meetings to guide the design plans which will be
presented on June 9th.
The three plans below are diagrams created by Mathews Nielsen
that highlight the information shared and received by each group.
Shoelace Park Master Plan
The Master Plan for Shoelace Park on the Bronx River Greenway was completed in