The Village of Ardsley

Our complicated, overlooked little village center has so much unrealized potential. Aspect 120 is part of redirecting focus on the Village owned public spaces. Seizing opportunities to make real, meaningfull improvements. Creating connections and strategically introducing low maintenance plantings in high visibility locations.


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We started in the Fall of 2018 with Sillman Park, where the first phase of improvements were implemented on Ardsley Cars Day by volunteers and the Village DPW .

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In Spring 2019 new vegetation was planted at the Fireman’s memorial located across the intersection from Sillman.

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Concept Plan

Concept Plan

Parking Plaza, 149 Church Street, Bristol, CT

… when the benefit of our involvement can be recognized in the final product, we feel a sense of fulfillment, achievement, satisfaction.

Early in my time working at AKRF, our team made up of a soil scientist, an engineer and a landscape architect/urban planner submitted a successful proposal to the City of Bristol Connecticut. The project intent was to create a parking lot for community’s use on a 1.1 acre ‘brownfield’, formerly the site of a cardboard box factory. The property’s potential was limited due to a variety of physical factors including extensive soil contamination and the presence of a culverted stream bisecting its length.

 
Site Survey (prior to project work)

Site Survey (prior to project work)

 

We proposed a ‘park-like’ parking area. As the lead planner and designer, I wandered, research, analyzed - I got to know and understand the project site and its relationship the City’s downtown area. Our team developed three distinct design alternatives, along with construction cost estimates, which were presented to the Bristol Development Authority at a public meeting. 

Design Alternatives

Design Alternatives

AFTER (Image taken from Google Street View 2019)

Over a decade later, various ideas documented in the design alternatives can be seen in the parking plaza at 149 Church Street; attention to the pedestrian experience, to paving materials, connections to adjacent sites, plaza-like area near the entrance/ exit, and the edge-of culvert sidewalk among other big and small decisions that can be seen implemented.   

AFTER (Image taken from Google Maps 2019)

AFTER (Image taken from Google Maps 2019)

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AFTER (Image taken from Google Street View 2019)

AFTER (Image taken from Google Street View 2019)


Dia:Beacon

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Yesterday I indulged in a day of exploration, allowing myself space and perspective for self reflection and discovery. AND I visited one of my favorite parking lots at Dia:Beacon.

The space flows. The visitor’s experience begins as you step out of the car. Subtle and bold at the same time.

Thoughtful use of materials, vegetation, colors and textures.

Clouds of orange berries hover, creating a layer of color between the sky and the ground surface — a barrier? a connection? —Artwork!!

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Katryn Gorman Ponds Park

Last week I found myself near an old project site - Kathryn Gorman Ponds Park, in Montebello, NY. The pond edge habitat restoration was planted over 3 years ago and it’s looking good! The red twig dogwoods are doing their winter thing and the cattails are faithfully challenging the phragmites for dominance. The Village also constructed a viewing platform last year. I will have to make it a point to go back in the spring and post updated pictures in full bloom.