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STIMSON Won an ASLA Award | Re-envisioning Pulaski Park

We are deeply honored to receive recognition for this Park that has been a work in progress since 2008. It involved a close collaboration between STIMSON, the DPW team, Jim Laurila, David Veleta, Diane Rossini, Mayor Narkewicz, the CPA, Massachusetts PARC Grant Program, and most of all, the community of Northampton who designed this Park with us.

Pulaski Park

Re-envisioning Pulaski Park is a restoration of the only remaining green space in downtown Northampton, Massachusetts. At 2.5 acres, the Park is small but mighty. After renovations in the 1970s paved much of the site, the Park had entered a state of disrepair and benign neglect. The Landscape Architect collaborated with the City Engineer to acquire funding through numerous grants and engaged in a year-long public forum design process for community input. The result is a landscape that is an honest representation of the City of Northampton's diversity, industrial heritage, and social and environmental values. The concept for the new design was to reconnect the heart of the City to its buried ecological and cultural history. This was done through the creation of new landscape spaces, restored ecologies, and major pedestrian connections that have a City-wide impact.

The stormwater garden in this photo was an environmental accomplishment for the City, diverting runoff from State Highway Rt. 9 (Main Street) into the heart of the Park. Wild stands of Thalictrum ‘Lavender Mist’, Aesclepias tuberosa, and New England Aster colonize the Tupelo grove at the southern edge of the bioswale.

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STIMSON created a new Main Street Plaza with moveable furniture, custom steel planters, decomposed granite and permeable pavers. Trees were grown by our nursery @charbrookfarm and provide seasonal shade. An expansive urban lounge of black locust, Goshen stone and weathering steel defines the edge of the plaza from the new civic green.

An irregular slab of Goshen stone from Sugarledge Quarry was carved into a water feature at the Main Street Plaza, overflowing into the bioswale before recirculating. It has become a watering hole for children, birds and even dogs.

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