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From above, the park looks curiously non-naturalistic with its hard circular shapes that may bring to mind AutoCAD drawings and circle template stencils. The designers presumably wanted the park to double as a work of art when from viewed from above in the adjacent buildings. Carefully placed and varied textures, color, and patterns in the landscape give the otherwise 2D-looking park dimension and interest from an aerial viewpoint.

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The circular outlines also delineate the zones of passive and active programming, from a sun lawn and hammock grove to a designated food truck parking area and bocce court. A 20-foot-wide Social Track frames the interior park and organizes the site’s circulation. The Central Green was also planted with over 200 new trees and includes permeable paving and a depressed wet meadow to mitigate stormwater runoff.

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