ParkLab responds to the evolving needs of a rapidly developing neighborhood by suggesting a phased, flexible park design that cultivates community connection within each stage of a co-design process.
Gooseneck Park creates an inclusive ecosystem of play for an increasingly dense and diverse population in Oakridge. The park forms facilitate participation in diverse forms of play, fostering a sense of community amongst park users and the ecology that is present on and invited to the site.
Mekw’ew’at Park is a biodiverse urban forest for intercultural exchange, healing and dialogue.
Urban Sanctuary creates an ecological oasis for the diverse population of Oakridge by breaking the physical boundaries of the park while responding to the context to stitch together the urban experience with nature.
Oakridge Park reflects the identities and narratives of the past and present Oakridge neighborhood, while piecing together and giving place for the future community to build their narratives through the principles of mosaic design.
Third Space Park
Third Space Park facilitates community connectivity through gathering-focused, integrated, and inclusive space-making. In community building, a “third place” refers to a place of gathering outside of the first place, home, and the second place, work. The name Third Space reflects the intent – a “space” in which third place-making can occur through gathering over time.
Backyard Park aims to evoke the feelings associated with a backyard, such as a sense of comfort, safety, belonging, playfulness and familiarity. We aim to foster inclusivity by removing as many barriers as possible, and creating a place that is yours; a place that feels like home.
Once a Chevron gas station and now a derelict community garden, The Alma Restoration Garden was created in response to urban failures illuminated by Covid-19 and the sociodemographic needs of the Alma and W Broadway community.
Each year that passes, this 120+ year old community struggles even more to engage its residents and foster a sense of community. The issue of loneliness is ever-present in more rural communities like this one and is an increasingly prevalent health concern in 2021.
SAFEGarden – Caleb Van der Leek