Ross Barney Architects
The project utilized a robust community outreach effort, which has helped build a sense of ownership and pride from city staff and the residents. Through a digital survey that collected over 1,000 responses and in-person charrettes the design team has helped define the park's desired objectives and outcomes. This shared vision resulted in five priorities: Inviting, Memorable, Challenging, Beautiful, and Authentic.
Rogers, has been defined both economically and physically by the railroad. The first plat of survey, completed in 1881, used the rail to create a strong dividing line. The park’s design ignores the rail as a barrier and blends the east and west together. The result is a series of plazas that can transform throughout the day, week, month, and year. These versatile and flexible spaces create a new and distinct rhythm that extends beyond the park into adjacent streets. These densely vegetated and programmed spaces help create unique experiences throughout the park and further frame this piece of downtown as the new center instead of the edge.