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INFRASTRUCTURE
flexible infrastructure to accommodate
serious health challenges like
the one we face today. When this
moment has passed - as it will -
envisioning public park systems that
are more agile in supporting public
health should become the norm.
In times of relative health and
Langone Park is an active outdoor recreation
haven for Boston's most densely developed
community and an important link within
Boston's Harborwalk.
largest and most significant parks
- Boston Common, Franklin Park
and Moakley Park. Objectives include
accommodating increased
population pressure, responding to
climate risk, and - perhaps most
importantly - surfacing the support
that these parks provide for
public health, especially for our
most
vulnerable
and
disadvantaged
residents. Recently, the city
also conducted a comprehensive
upgrade and modernization of the
4.5-acre Langone Park and Puopolo
Playground, a signature waterfront
park in the city's historic North
End. The park is an active outdoor
recreation haven for the city's most
densely developed community and
an important link within Boston's
Harborwalk, a network of publicly
accessible corridors that provide the
interface between public and private
properties and access to Boston
Harbor. By taking advantage of the
outdoor recreational opportunities
that the facility provides, combined
with several engineered improvements
to its ability to deflect and
absorb the impacts of sea level rise,
the neighborhood's residents and
many others will be able to benefit
from a stronger stance against the
impacts of climate change. At the
same time, it also can be a resource
for physically-distanced recreation
for the current crisis and others that
may follow.
Designing Parks for Health
Over the next century, infectious
disease epidemics are projected to
increase in severity and frequency
given current trends in urbanization,
globalization and greater consumption
of animal products. Sea
level rise and global warming will
continue to endanger our coastal
cities. One aspect of fostering
resilience will involve developing
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peace, this includes designing and
maintaining big parks and greenways
with ample walking, biking
and running trails that extend into
all parts of the city - including
historically underserved areas -
and provide the simple, healthy
pleasure of a long stroll or ride as
an escape from the toils of everyday
life (to paraphrase Olmsted).
This also could include kiosks
with sunscreen, sun hats, drinking
water and insect repellent, along
with digital billboards or text alerts
that provide information about air
quality and heat indices. We must
embrace the opportunity to curate
safe enjoyment of our legacy parks.
Open space is essential public
health infrastructure that warrants
the protection and investment provided
for
our water,
sewer and
electricity infrastructure. We must
embrace the opportunity to curate
safe enjoyment of our legacy parks
by adapting their usage guidelines
to reflect the best available science
of health, disease and disaster prevention.
Now is the time to embrace
bold thinking and take advantage of
landscape architecture's potential to
transform American cities.
Cheri Ruane is Vice President of Weston
& Sampson. Julia Africa is a Biophilic
Design and Landscape Research
Consultant. Chuck Raymond is
Publications and Press Manager with
Weston & Sampson. Gary Hilderbrand is
Founding Principal of Reed Hilderbrand.
Chris Reed is Founding Principal of Stoss
Landscape Urbanism.
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