METRO MEMORIAL PARK  A Sacred Grove  The project, completed on June 22nd, 2015, was the result of a winning competition entry for a new memorial park to honor the nine citizens who lost their lives during the 2009 Metro train crash.  The ancient impulse to commemorate, is the origin of the sacred grove, where an exceptional event, often long forgotten, becomes transmuted into a destination where succeeding generations can find solace. As such, we proposed a sacred grove to commemorate the nine victims of the accident as a place that can also re-knot the broken threads of the surrounding urban fabric.  The church overlooks the site as a caretaker. The garden weaves its pattern into the memorial and makes it part of the labor of gardeners to make the land fruitful. Together they tie the memorial to people's everyday lives to make it a living and active place.
       
     
   Photo:  New Park
       
     
   Photo:  Commemorative Plaque
       
     
   Site Location Plan:  The site for the Legacy Memorial Park occupies a small parcel of the Fort Drive Park System, at the junction of Fort Totten, Lamond Riggs, and Manor Park neighborhoods.   
       
     
   Photos:  Existing Park Conditions
       
     
   Existing Site Plan:  A swath of expropriation has left a ragged edge in the urban fabric which the church building and the community gardeners have attempted to repair. 
       
     
   Diagram:  Circulation
       
     
   Site Concept Plan
       
     
   New Park Plan
       
     
   Photo:  Existing View From Street
       
     
   Rendered View:  Proposed View From Street
       
     
   Photo:  Existing View From Church
       
     
   Rendered View:  Proposed View From Church
       
     
   Photo:  Existing View Towards Church
       
     
   Rendered View:  Proposed View Towards Church
       
     
   Photo:  Existing Park View
       
     
   Rendered View:  Proposed Park View
       
     
   Rendered View:  Proposed Park View
       
     
   Photo:  Dedication Ceremony with Victims' Families and Former Mayor Vincent Gray
       
     
   Photo:  New Park
       
     
   Photo:  New Park
       
     
   Photo:  New Park
       
     
   Photo:  New Park
       
     
   Memorial Sculpture Location Plan:  To honor the victims of the accident, nine singular abstract forms by sculptor Barbara Josephs Liotta, one for each victim, would rise in groupings from landscaped mounds.
       
     
   Details:  Memorial Sculptures
       
     
   Plan:  Park Lighting
       
     
   Planting Diagram:  Canopy
       
     
   Planting Diagram:  Mounds
       
     
   Planting Diagram:  On Site Bio Retention
       
     
   Planting Diagram:  Entry Berm
       
     
   Programming Diagram:    Individual Commemoration
       
     
   Programming Diagram:  Commemorative Ceremony
       
     
   Programming Diagram:  Farmer's Market
       
     
   Programming Diagram:  Community Concert
       
     
  METRO MEMORIAL PARK  A Sacred Grove  The project, completed on June 22nd, 2015, was the result of a winning competition entry for a new memorial park to honor the nine citizens who lost their lives during the 2009 Metro train crash.  The ancient impulse to commemorate, is the origin of the sacred grove, where an exceptional event, often long forgotten, becomes transmuted into a destination where succeeding generations can find solace. As such, we proposed a sacred grove to commemorate the nine victims of the accident as a place that can also re-knot the broken threads of the surrounding urban fabric.  The church overlooks the site as a caretaker. The garden weaves its pattern into the memorial and makes it part of the labor of gardeners to make the land fruitful. Together they tie the memorial to people's everyday lives to make it a living and active place.
       
     

METRO MEMORIAL PARK
A Sacred Grove

The project, completed on June 22nd, 2015, was the result of a winning competition entry for a new memorial park to honor the nine citizens who lost their lives during the 2009 Metro train crash.

The ancient impulse to commemorate, is the origin of the sacred grove, where an exceptional event, often long forgotten, becomes transmuted into a destination where succeeding generations can find solace. As such, we proposed a sacred grove to commemorate the nine victims of the accident as a place that can also re-knot the broken threads of the surrounding urban fabric.

The church overlooks the site as a caretaker. The garden weaves its pattern into the memorial and makes it part of the labor of gardeners to make the land fruitful. Together they tie the memorial to people's everyday lives to make it a living and active place.

   Photo:  New Park
       
     

Photo: New Park

   Photo:  Commemorative Plaque
       
     

Photo: Commemorative Plaque

   Site Location Plan:  The site for the Legacy Memorial Park occupies a small parcel of the Fort Drive Park System, at the junction of Fort Totten, Lamond Riggs, and Manor Park neighborhoods.   
       
     

Site Location Plan: The site for the Legacy Memorial Park occupies a small parcel of the Fort Drive Park System, at the junction of Fort Totten, Lamond Riggs, and Manor Park neighborhoods.
 

   Photos:  Existing Park Conditions
       
     

Photos: Existing Park Conditions

   Existing Site Plan:  A swath of expropriation has left a ragged edge in the urban fabric which the church building and the community gardeners have attempted to repair. 
       
     

Existing Site Plan: A swath of expropriation has left a ragged edge in the urban fabric which the church building and the community gardeners have attempted to repair. 

   Diagram:  Circulation
       
     

Diagram: Circulation

   Site Concept Plan
       
     

Site Concept Plan

   New Park Plan
       
     

New Park Plan

   Photo:  Existing View From Street
       
     

Photo: Existing View From Street

   Rendered View:  Proposed View From Street
       
     

Rendered View: Proposed View From Street

   Photo:  Existing View From Church
       
     

Photo: Existing View From Church

   Rendered View:  Proposed View From Church
       
     

Rendered View: Proposed View From Church

   Photo:  Existing View Towards Church
       
     

Photo: Existing View Towards Church

   Rendered View:  Proposed View Towards Church
       
     

Rendered View: Proposed View Towards Church

   Photo:  Existing Park View
       
     

Photo: Existing Park View

   Rendered View:  Proposed Park View
       
     

Rendered View: Proposed Park View

   Rendered View:  Proposed Park View
       
     

Rendered View: Proposed Park View

   Photo:  Dedication Ceremony with Victims' Families and Former Mayor Vincent Gray
       
     

Photo: Dedication Ceremony with Victims' Families and Former Mayor Vincent Gray

   Photo:  New Park
       
     

Photo: New Park

   Photo:  New Park
       
     

Photo: New Park

   Photo:  New Park
       
     

Photo: New Park

   Photo:  New Park
       
     

Photo: New Park

   Memorial Sculpture Location Plan:  To honor the victims of the accident, nine singular abstract forms by sculptor Barbara Josephs Liotta, one for each victim, would rise in groupings from landscaped mounds.
       
     

Memorial Sculpture Location Plan: To honor the victims of the accident, nine singular abstract forms by sculptor Barbara Josephs Liotta, one for each victim, would rise in groupings from landscaped mounds.

   Details:  Memorial Sculptures
       
     

Details: Memorial Sculptures

   Plan:  Park Lighting
       
     

Plan: Park Lighting

   Planting Diagram:  Canopy
       
     

Planting Diagram: Canopy

   Planting Diagram:  Mounds
       
     

Planting Diagram: Mounds

   Planting Diagram:  On Site Bio Retention
       
     

Planting Diagram: On Site Bio Retention

   Planting Diagram:  Entry Berm
       
     

Planting Diagram: Entry Berm

   Programming Diagram:    Individual Commemoration
       
     

Programming Diagram: Individual Commemoration

   Programming Diagram:  Commemorative Ceremony
       
     

Programming Diagram: Commemorative Ceremony

   Programming Diagram:  Farmer's Market
       
     

Programming Diagram: Farmer's Market

   Programming Diagram:  Community Concert
       
     

Programming Diagram: Community Concert