Peace Park - located next to the Grand Ave Water Tower - was founded and named by the late Otis Woodard and has been used as a safe community gathering space for more than 20 years. The Woodard family also used to maintain a "Share Shed" on the property, providing food, clothes, and more to anyone in need. Today, Peace Park partners are working to develop and implement an updated Vision for Peace Park - one that will reflect the peaceful intent of the park's creation... read more about the project's history and progress here.
In early 2020, Grace Hill Settlement House and Peace Park project partners approached Green City Coalition about collaborating for the design and development of Peace Park, and to implement a vision developed by College Hill residents more than three years ago. The Peace Park project partners have since entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help facilitate the collaboration and include the following partners and roles:
In the summer of 2020, Washington University hired Arbolope Studio to develop designs and construction plans for Peace Park - a necessary next step to move the project from resident vision and conceptual designs to development and construction. Arbolope worked with project partners to review materials from past community events and meetings, as well as renderings developed by Harvard design students through a neighborhood design charrette, to develop a vision that we hope reflects residents' interests and priorities.
A Vision for Peace Park honors the site's legacy as a peaceful, safe, and supportive community space by incorporating its current assets, including:
View more elements of the design and provide your feedback HERE.
OCT - DEC 2020
Design Review & Survey
Confirm that this vision for Peace Park continues to respect and reflect residents' visions for the park.
DEC 2020 - FEB 2021
Finalize Design and Develop Construction Plans
Complete site surveys and determine earthwork and infrastructure needs and costs.
Community Review Period: Materials
Determine materials to use for design elements (e.g. stage, plaza, deck, pathways, lighting, etc.)