Interdisciplinary planning and design firm Sasaki Associates has unveiled its parks masterplan for the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut, US.
Sasaki Associates was selected by the City of Bridgeport in 2011 to develop a comprehensive masterplan to renovate its existing parks and create new parks within a 15-minute walk of most city residents.
City of Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch said that the vision for the parks system creates a vehicle for engaging city residents and new partners in the parks, revitalising the city and region, as well as reconnecting people to the city’s inaccessible waterfront.
"The plan achieves the key goals of our community: to enhance existing parks, expand the system through the creation of new parks, and provide better connections between parks and people," Finch said.
The plan will renovate Bridgeport’s 45 parks as well as create green space and open spaces by carrying out city-wide revitalisation works.
The waterfront includes the Long Island Sound, the centrally-located Pequonnock River and Yellow Mill Creek, which is scheduled for restoration.
The plan will create places ranging from beachfront gathering spaces to host festivals and events, to walkable playgrounds on the East Side, and is intended to allow all citizens and visitors to have easy access to the parks.
Sasaki’s plans will offer a new system of centrally located ‘hyper-parks’, as well as improvements to the streets and pedestrian environment that connect people to parks, said the design firm.
In the planning process, public engagement strategy was integrated with the development of a new brand for the parks masterplan.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Fairfield County Community Foundation will join with the city to help fund the project.