Recently we’ve come back to Triangle Park, the stretch of land just east of the I-35 overpass, between Southwest Boulevard, Avenida Cesar E Chavez and West Pennway. After approved funding produced a study of the area through proposed improvements to the downtown area parks and boulevard systems, we designed a few ideas for the small lot, all of which would turn the sad space into a happy place; an actual park, and a place of movement and transition encouraging pedestrian activity.
With a slightly meandering crushed gravel path through the center, shaded on both sides by a series of trees, and enveloped by a lawn on one side and slightly raised planter bed on the other, the park would act as a buffer for traffic noise and pollution from Southwest Boulevard.
Acting much like a front yard, with three levels of garden, path and lawn, the project has generated combined public interest with a planned development across the street. The park would also act as a linchpin for connecting the Riverfront Heritage Trail, which as of now, deadends under the I-35 bridge and continues on the opposite side of the Broadway Bridge viaduct, leaving bikers and pedestrians guessing about how to connect the two.
Up to this point, all community members and stakeholders have vocalized 100% support for the improvements. Along with our neighbors, we’re excited to see this forgotten area turned into a useable greenspace, a place of respite for people to enjoy as they’re walking along Southwest Boulevard between two of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. All the project needs now is approval and further funding to move into the next phases of the project (design development and construction).