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Upgrades to Langone Park and Puopolo
Playground will provide neighborhood
residents with physically-distanced recreation
opportunities and a stronger stance
against the impacts of climate change.
artifact of structural racism and
stark wealth inequality.
In Boston, Frederick Law Olmsted's
legacy of the Emerald
Necklace park system - a 1,100acre
chain of six parks linked by
parkways and waterways in Boston
and Brookline, Massachusetts - is
anything but ornamental. In times
of peace, these iconic landscapes
have played a central role in civic
life: as cow pastures, premodern
sewage treatment ecologies, performance
venues,
flood-retention
basins, and stages for visiting dignitaries
and historic movements.
In times of strife, our parks have
served as muster
grounds
for
troops and protests; there also is
the potential for them to play a
role as field hospitals by absorbing
overflow from hospitals and quarantine
centers, as was the case in
the past. Boston, like many U.S.
cities, continues to reckon with the
tangled legacies of discriminatory
planning and lending practices,
which are visible in communities
with high rates of COVID-19 and
chronic disease. However, people
who live and work here benefit
from world-class hospitals, talented
clinicians and pioneering pharmaceutical
companies; it's possible
that the city's Emerald Necklace of
parks will one day be mentioned in
the same breath. As our country
struggles to contain and defeat this
terrible virus, the role of parks as
critical open space for respite and
restoration is more important than
ever, and landscape architects are
well-positioned to lead the charge.
We, therefore, must bring to bear
the full measure of the role that the
profession plays and turn resolutely
toward planning an even healthier
and more equitable future.
Waterfront Parks
At the edge of our storied coastline,
green space gives way to blue
space, which is no less valued for
its cultural, economic and recreational
merits. Waterfront parks
serve as our first lines of defense
by allowing us to retreat from, protect
against and accommodate the
environmental impacts of climate
change. Well-designed and strategically
placed parks at the land/water
interface can mitigate wave action,
protect against flooding, infiltrate
stormwater, reduce the urban heat
island effect, and protect our cities
and towns. Not unlike their green
cousins, blue parks along riverways
and shorelines function as critical
infrastructure on par with our water,
sewer and electricity systems.
In addition to funding parks to help
alleviate the spread of COVID-19,
ARPA also allows communities to
be eligible for billions of dollars
in
federally-funded infrastructure
assistance if they can demonstrate
that their parks help mitigate climate
change driven sea level rise
and manage stormwater.
Rather fortuitously, Boston is revising
the master plans of its three
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