Client: Trust for Public Land in partnership with New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; NYC School Construction Authority; NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Vital Brooklyn Initiative
Studio HIP: Liz Hand-Fry, Melissa Ix, Jennifer Nitzky, and Madeline Pursell
Environmental Engineer: eDesign Dynamics - Montalto & Rothstein Engineering, DPC
Surveyor: Leonard J. Strandberg and Associates, Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors, P.C.
Contractor: MSM Empire Construction Corp.
Located in Brooklyn’s most diverse neighborhoods, Public School 152/315 Community Playground is a vibrant model of sustainable, equitable community-led design. An underutilized asphalt schoolyard was transformed into a dynamic new community park through a unique participatory design process. This collaborative effort partnered landscape architects and environmental educators with students, teachers and community stakeholders in a three-month design process allowing this neighborhood to be active participants in the design of their new park. This new playground manages a million gallons of stormwater annually through learning gardens, outdoor classrooms, permeable pavers and a synthetic turf field that captures and infiltrates stormwater. This participatory design inspires the next generation of environmental stewards as students become the designers, learning about sustainable and resilient design.
This project received the 2021Honor Award for Community Impact by the American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter, and was featured on the cover of Landscape Architecture Specifier News.