Core city park: DETROIT

OVERVIEW:

Core City Park takes the place of a former parking lot surrounded on three sides by buildings. In 1893, Detroit Fire Department’s Engine 12 was completed on this site, and served Detroit until the mid-1970s. From then until today the site was an asphalt parking lot that weeds, debris, and the occasional car called home. Today, 85+ trees - Flowering Dogwoods and Iconic Locusts - have taken over the corner to create an “urban woodland”. Nearly everything used in the construction of the park was found on site - benches are sections of concrete walls removed from an old bank vault in the adjacent Pie Building; the “islands” - housing the benches - are a patchwork of found building pieces from the demolished fire-house which was simply pushed into the basement and covered with asphalt. The park honors the past, and is built for the future - just imagine, 87 trees occupying just 8,000 sf in ten years. Working with Julie Bargmann was a marvel - her idea to use what we found in anyway possible gives the park spirit, relevance, intrigue, and most importantly - awakens a myth. Believe it or not, we were able to design and build this park with no engineers and no construction documents… just beautiful hand drawings by Julie, a lot of digging and days in the DIRT. Although this park was designed by Julie, and developed by Prince Concepts, it was a true collaboration between those parties and Ish Rafiuddin from UNDECORATED, and Daisuke Hughes and Jess Hicks, the owners and operators of Ochre Bakery and Astro Coffee Roasting - two of the businesses that call the park home.

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT:

D.I.R.T. STUDIO: JULIE BARGMANN

SITE:

4848 grand river & warren

Detroit

SCOPE:

10,000 SF site

8,000 SF parK

87 TREES PLANTED

PROJECT SITE:

corecitypark.com


TYPE:

Public Park

parking lot

conversion

press:

Crains Detroit

ARAB AMERICAN NEWS

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Construction Phase