Downtown East Commons concept design unveiled
The City of Minneapolis in partnership with Hargreaves Associates recently presented the Downtown East Commons concept design to the public. The concept is of a transformative downtown public open space with a welcoming and inclusive civic landscape, balancing active programming and events with opportunities for respite. Key design features include a great lawn, program and garden zones, a Minnesota woodland area, natural landscaping that encourages children to explore and play, a water plaza with jets that can be turned on or off, and a multiuse pavilion. Together, these features provide a flexible framework within which diverse programs and uses can evolve.
The design also emphasizes strong urban connections in all directions, reaching out to both the city and the river. Promenades in the design with robust streetscape canopies extend along Fourth Street and Fifth Street. Connections along and across Portland Avenue are also enhanced. Sustainable strategies are incorporated throughout the design, offering a vision for an enduring open space that provides the city with a dynamic, all-season destination.
Published Jun 2, 2015