The layout of the Crispus Attucks Park you see today is the result of years of incremental improvements, made in accordance with some basic principles developed collectively by the park community over the years and which CADC put to paper in 2005. Those principles, included in their entirety at the bottom of this page, are largely captured in the following four broad goals:
• Crispus Attucks Park is a community park.
• The park is first and foremost a green space.
• The space should be unified park with a coherent design.
• It promotes community through a design that is welcoming of all residents and guests.
While a detailed, staged long-term design plan for the park does not exist, Crispus Attucks Park is, at the time of this writing, essentially fully designed. Future work will focus largely on maintenance, and on improvements consistent with the existing design.
Broadly speaking, the middle of the park is meant to remain relatively open, while the edges may be planted with “screening” plants and trees but free from significant visual obstruction. The map below illustrates the major elements of the existing design.
1. Great Lawn – This large open green space is designed for a limited amount of active recreation for children and adults, and provides space for community events and gatherings of larger groups of people and families. Unlike lawns in many public parks, the lawns in Crispus Attucks Park were not designed as play fields, and will die if overused. If you see the grass start to die and the lawn becoming muddy or dusty, please avoid using it until it has a chance to heal. Also, please note that off-leash dog play is prohibited throughout the park, including the Great Lawn.
2. The Memory Garden – This space is insulated from other park activities and is meant to serve as a quiet, tranquil escape where one can reflect and appreciate nature. The Memory Garden and the path system throughout the park were explicitly designed for this purpose, made possible by grants from TKF, a private foundation. Visit the TKF website to learn more about the philosophy of “Open Spaces, Sacred Places.”
3. Walkways – Ideal for a casual stroll, stone and stone dust paths now span the entire park from east to west, dotted with benches along the way. People walking their dogs through the park are encouraged to keep their dogs on the paths. Again, never take dogs off-leash in the park.
4. Petite Lawn – This lawn is smaller than the “Great Lawn,” and better for smaller community gatherings and perhaps for younger children to play.
5. “Screening” Plants – Plantings along the periphery of the park soften views from inside the park without blocking views into or through the park.
6. Smaller, More Intimate Spaces – Interspersed among the larger or more prominent features of the park are many small spaces ideal for picnicking, soaking up the sun, playing with a toddler, or just hanging out.