TF06 - Park Above and Park Below

Friday, November 10 from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM | Tour Meet Desk (Lobby) « Back

Abstract Text:

This walking tour invites attendees to explore the nexus of urban green space development and transportation design. Adjacent to the Boston Convention Center, the Lawn on D is a first-of-its-kind, interactive outdoor space owned and operated by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA). An experimental event landscape, the park brings together the community and visitors through interactive programming and events. From here, attendees will head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, an engaging and vibrant park space that spans the length of the Big Dig Tunnel that hosts public art installations, including a rotating mural, water features and gathering spaces. Creating green infill, where a divided highway once existed, this space encourages exploration, provides habitat and enhances the City's greenspace. Next, in the heart of the financial district, what had previously been a decrepit and unsightly garage is now an award-winning and inviting park set above a new underground parking garage. The 1.7 acre Norman B. Leventhal Park is supported, structurally and financially, by Garage at Post Office Square, a 1,400-space parking garage, among the first projects to earn GBCI's Parksmart certification.Tour restrictions: Please dress appropriately for an outdoor walking tour, rain or shine. Participants will be walking or standing for the majority of the 4 hour tour.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to discuss how innovative green space development can provide opportunities to engage communities, support public events and art installations, and enable an active lifestyle.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to describe the programmatic, managerial, structural & design elements that can be used to create sustainable greenspace over parking structures and major transportation corridors.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to evaluate other parking structures for triple-bottom line performance and suitability that can lead to for Parksmart certification.

Upon completing this tour attendees will be able to discuss how parking asset owners are using the Parksmart green parking standard to accelerate market transformation in the parking and transportation industries.

Learning Level:

Level 200 - Understanding/Comprehension


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Event Type: Tour > Session