Landscape Architecture | Planning | Urban Design

Walden Pond Universal Access Project

Concord, MA


CSS is currently working on the design phase of the Walden Pond Main Beach Universal Access Improvements project. Walden Pond State Reservation is a well-loved local icon and internationally acclaimed National Historic Landmark with over 500,000 annual visitors. The CSS team is working with DCR to design site access improvements that will provide a fitting, universally accessible arrival sequence from the Visitor Center down to Walden Pond while being respectful of the heritage and natural beauty of the space. The project includes design of an accessible boardwalk and new overlook along steeply sloping and forested terrain, a new terrace and stone walls for siting of the new Bathhouse at the Pond’s edge, native restoration plantings including understory and forest enhancement species for increased biodiversity and slope stabilization, and an accessible trail from the main entrance to the Thoreau house. CSS completed the Master Plan for the Walden Pond Reservation in 2012.


  • Date2018-Present
  • ClientMassachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
  • Scale2.5 Acres
  • Category On the Boards, Parks, Trails
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