Celebrating the passage of time
During the site’s many decades of disuse, plants colonized the cracking concrete and rusting machinery took on rich new colors.
Rather than restoring as new, our design team worked with the years of dereliction, as the local community came to appreciate the site's evolving patinas.
Historic artifacts are reused throughout the park and the informal native planting continues the theme of colonization.
Working for the community
Local residents have played a key role in shaping the design, through multiple workshops, community meetings and stakeholder events.
This has stimulated bold new moves, including the creation of a beach for kayakers to launch their boats from and the use of the historic slipway for city wide events.
Reuse and Rejuvenate
Elements once used for ship building are repurposed to stimulate renewed life within the site.
Concrete cribbing and keel blocks that used to support ships as they were being constructed, now become seating elements clad with reclaimed timber, creating places for friends and families to meet and relax.
Colorful native planting acknowledges the colonization that has already begun, managing stormwater through a series of rain gardens, and encouraging wildlife to call the park home.
Creating a beach
In an ambitious move, the thick concrete edge of the industrial past has been removed to form a substantial new beach.
Years of contamination made the engineering of a safe new waters edge particularly challenging, requiring the sediment below water level to be capped. Additionally, a layer of activated carbon beneath the sand filters rain water runoff before entering the Bay.
Non-human users are also encouraged, with the first use of artificial tide pools on the West Coast.