Henry J. Kaiser Park

Location: Oakland


PGAdesign designed this neighborhood park to create a civic space centered on a monumental sculpture in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown Arts District. In addition to providing a backdrop for the ‘Remember Them’ memorial, the park functions as a gathering space for the adjacent neighborhood. A wisteria-covered trellis and a copse of trees contribute to the intimate feeling of the park, where raised lawn areas are available for lounging. Children can climb on large boulders in a nontraditional play area that is both safe and sophisticated. Among the trees are chairs, benches and tables, while an informal stage is open to performers or to students who gather to view the sculpture. All these elements are laid out in a way that provides for multiple paths and clear sight lines.

The plan includes bioswales that filter on-site water and porous pavers that allow water to percolate through the bricks. PGAdesign took the lead in seeking approval for the project, earning accolades from the Oakland City Council and several commissions.

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Francine Agapoff, Mario Chiodo Studios

Location: Oakland

Project Type: Civic Parks + Recreation

PGAdesign designed this neighborhood park to create a civic space centered on a monumental sculpture in the heart of Oakland’s Uptown Arts District. In addition to providing a backdrop for the ‘Remember Them’ memorial, the park functions as a gathering space for the adjacent neighborhood. A wisteria-covered trellis and a copse of trees contribute to the intimate feeling of the park, where raised lawn areas are available for lounging. Children can climb on large boulders in a nontraditional play area that is both safe and sophisticated. Among the trees are chairs, benches and tables, while an informal stage is open to performers or to students who gather to view the sculpture. All these elements are laid out in a way that provides for multiple paths and clear sight lines.

The plan includes bioswales that filter on-site water and porous pavers that allow water to percolate through the bricks. PGAdesign took the lead in seeking approval for the project, earning accolades from the Oakland City Council and several commissions.

Quotemark

Francine Agapoff, Mario Chiodo Studios

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