Elliot Norton Park is a celebration not only of the famous Boston theatre critic of the same name but also of diversity in the center of the city. Located at the intersection of four distinct Boston neighborhoods – Bay Village, Chinatown, the South End, and the Theatre District, the design calls upon the Park’s namesake to create a modern promenade that combines civic-scale gestures with neighborhood details and programs.
Two curvilinear pathways form the backbone of the one-acre parcel, carefully winding around an existing allée of mature London Plane Trees not only to provide quick neighborhood access but also to carve out new programmatic opportunities along the way. Design elements include new patio seating, perennial gardens, and provisions for rotating sculpture displays. Relocating the play equipment to the site’s southeastern end improves visual access from the Theatre District and Chinatown and creates a more unified central open lawn.