Urban Plaza Parks
0.25 - 3 acres.
service area description
existing Urban Plaza Parks
Urban plaza parks are public gathering spaces in urban spaces that foster community interaction and civic pride. They are small in size (1⁄4 to 3 acres) and intensely developed. Visitors will tend to be those who are already in the neighborhood for other purposes, such as shopping, work, dining and/ or those who live in or near densely developed urban areas. Urban plaza parks typically include amenities such as drinking fountains, benches, litter receptacles, trees and shrubs, paved walkways and plazas.
Benefits of URBAN PLAZA PARKS
- Creates a source of civic pride.
- Contributes to community identity and quality of life.
- Provides a central gathering areas in dense urban spaces.
- Improves the aesthetic quality and beauty of Dallas.
- Provides a place for employees to enjoy work breaks near their place of work.
- Provides opportunities for historical and cultural education.
Design criteria for URBAN PLAZA PARKS
The site should be located in a dense urban or downtown setting. It is ideally located near government and/or commercial facilities. Plazas should be open with site lines throughout the space. Avoid use of elements around edges that create barriers to entering the space such as fences, gates, and railings. Use high quality materials such as brick, stone and wrought iron. Incorporate historic or cultural themes to create a unique character for the plaza. Include artwork as an integrated design element on the walls, floors and ceilings of outdoor space. Promote participatory artwork that moves or responds to the viewer. Include artwork as an integrated design element on the walls, floors and ceilings of outdoor space. Promote participatory artwork that moves or responds to the viewer.