Over the past ten weeks, we’ve worked with residents, garden advocates, Mattapan activists, and City officials to generate and refine ideas for the layout of the new Woolson Street community garden. Several priorities have been clear from the beginning: the layout should be unique, creating spaces for neighbors to gather — to talk, to play, to share, to eat, to listen, to celebrate, to remember — as well as provide the infrastructure to grow vegetables.
Everyone contributed ideas during the initial layout brainstorm session, resulting in about twenty different schemes:
Which were then synthesized into three options:
Scheme “A” — the curved path, or the ‘fiddlehead’ scheme, was the runaway favorite. Several variations on that scheme prompted discussion about details like path materials and the location of the raised beds and trees:
Ray Dunetz Landscape Architects has taken these community preferences to the construction documents. Now with technical considerations like the exact slope of the path and site drainage incorporated to the precise dimensions provided by the City’s engineering site survey (completed after the snow stopped falling in April), the revised scheme looks like this:
Construction documents are nearly complete. The project will go out to bid in May, with construction to begin in a few weeks. Gardeners, get ready! Plots will open in June.