Originally Posted by DJM19
I think an elegant park, simplistic design, would be nice. Nothing crazy, and Im warry of anything too "innovative". Try to evoke some beauty and escape. And have the bike path and such around the edges.
Im not saying it should look like the Champ de Mars (not pictured), but take some cues from it with lots of open grass and trees, and limited cement.
Yes. I know it's a "historic park", so there has to be all the history exhibits, etc. But for my money, usability and beauty come first, history exhibits come second.
If a park is well-designed, then more people will use it, and it will become a part of people's personal experience. That's the truest kind of history a city can have. My fear is a park designed as a historical monument where people go there once, say "how interesting" and then never again return.
Somewhat related, I was disappointed to see the LA Conservancy's stance on the Civic Center Mall. They say they're all for redoing the mall (as part of the Grand Ave. Project), but they want to preserve as many of the "mid-century modern" features as possible. Never mind that the only people in this vast city that ever appreciate those features the local workers from the county buildings, plus jurors. I say, start over if necessary, and don't be afraid to break some stuff, if it will result in a great park that everyone can enjoy.