Codman Square Park
A Vision for the Codman Square Park
Landscape Design & Public Art Project in Dorchester, MA
The Codman Square Neighborhood Council (CSNC) is spearheading the redesign of the Codman Square Park with the Friends of Codman Square Park. Creative placemaking is envisioned by creating a new plan for its landscape design which will be integrated with public art.
The Codman Square Park, located at about 360 Talbot Avenue in Dorchester, 02124 at the intersection of Washington Street and Talbot Avenue, neighbors the Second Church, the Great Hall, and the Codman Square Health Center. Codman Square itself is part of a historic district in central Dorchester and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1983. Important architectural landmarks include the 1806 Congregational Church, the 1904 Codman Square branch of the Boston Public Library, the former Girls Latin Academy (built 1900 as Dorchester High School), and the 1899 Lithgow Building, a commercial brick building. Codman Square Park is an important community meeting place and the CSNC assisted in its establishment as a public park in the 1980s. The CSNC helped to establish the Friends of the Codman Square Park which is made up of residents, community organizations, merchants and other groups that care for the Codman Square Park. Codman Square has a long tradition as a major civic center in Dorchester.
The project is a collaborative effort between the City of Boston's Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust, Boston Parks and Recreation, the Boston Art Commission; the Codman Square Neighborhood Council; the Friends of Codman Square Park Selection Committee (Selection Committee) and community members. The planning process is facilitated by the Urban Culture Institute in partnership with the CSNC and the project team.
Overall Goals for the Codman Square Park Redesign Public Art
Work Accomplished to Date
During the fall and winter of 2016/2017, the CSNC hosted an information table at both the Codman Square Farmers Market and the Dorchester Winter Farmers Market in Codman Square to collect community comments regarding what residents would like to see at the Codman Square Park. Comments were also gathered at monthly CSNC meetings. In addition, the Friends of Codman Square Park continued to meet monthly to discuss those comments as well as the status and future of Codman Square Park. The following wish list captures some of the ideas established for the Codman Square Park improvements:
The integral public art project is anticipated to be funded in part by the Edward Ingersoll Browne Trust Fund, a public charitable trust administered by the City of Boston Trust Office. The three finalist artists receive a $2,500 honorarium each for initial concept development and presentations.
Integrated Landscape Design and Public Art Proposal
Locally based artist Destiny Palmer joined forces with Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture after both won the respective selection processes following an intense review process. Envisioned is a redesigned park that is responsive to ongoing programs and furthers the neighborhood's identity through a seamless integration of landscape design and public art. The planning team has expressed their support for further developing Destiny's mural concept as a permanent public art paving project that will be reflective of the diverse community.
Integral Public Art Finalist Proposals
An open public art competition resulted in 134 entries. Following the art selection committee's thorough review three artists from New England and New York City were invited to develop site-specific schematic proposals. Finalist artists Catherine Widgery, Destiny Palmer and Osman Akan presented their initial integral art concepts in collaboration with Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture on Dec. 12, 2018.
Download the proposals:
Codman Square Park Landscape Redesign
Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture (KZLA) was the firm selected during an invitational review process with four local landscape architecture firms as a first step of the planning and redesign process. KZLA then participated in the selection of three finalist artists to collaboratively develop public art for the Park and presented a site analysis at the October 10 Creative Dialog, a public meeting.
Codman Square Park Site Analysis by KZLA (4 MB)
Codman Square Park Integral Public Art RFQ
Download the full Codman Square Park Integral Public Art RFQ including site photos, an overview of park programs and a bibliography.
Schedule of Public Meetings with an Open Invitation to Participate
The public is invited to a series of public presentations and discussions, and to provide feedback on the Codman Square Park Redesign as follows:
by Friday, February 8, 2019 | Invitation to Comment
We invite you to participate and provide feedback on the integral landscape design and public art proposal for the Codman Square Park Redesign.
Download the KZLA landscape design & Destiny Palmer creative paving concept.
Email your comments to the Friends of Codman Square Park.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 6-8pm
Presentation of revised, collaborative Codman Square Park Redesign
Proposal by artist Destiny Palmer and landscape architect Kyle Zick
Codman Academy Black Box Theatre, 14 Epping Street, Dorchester, MA
Download the flyer.
by Saturday, December 15, 2018 | Invitation to Comment
We invite you to participate and provide feedback on the 3 schematic public art proposals. Email your comments to the Friends of Codman Square Park.
Thursday, December 12, 2018 | 6pm
Public Presentation of 3 Finalist Schematic Design Proposals
The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street, Dorchester, MA
Download the flyer.
Wednesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. | Landscape Architecture Firm Presentations
The Great Hall, 6 Norfolk St, Dorchester, MA
Download the flyer.
by May 21, 2018 | Invitation to Comment
We invite you to participate and provide feedback on the 4 landscape architect presentations. Email your comments to the Friends of Codman Square Park.
Wednesday, June 7 at 6pm | Review the Call to Artists Draft
Friends of Codman Square Park, 14 Euclid St, Dorchester, MA
Wednesday, September 12 at 6pm | Review Artist Entries
Artist Selection Committee, 14 Euclid St, Dorchester, MA
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 6-8pm
Community Site Visit and Creative Dialog Session with Finalist Artists and Landscape Architect
Second Church in Dorchester, 44 Moultrie Street, Dorchester, MA
Download the flyer. Download the Creative Dialog notes.
Daniel Sheehan. "New Design Effort Intended to ‘Re-activate’ Codman Square Park." Dorchester Reporter, January 28, 2019.
How to Get Involved
The Codman Square Neighborhood Council is seeking volunteers to get involved and to assist with anticipated fundraising for the implementation phase. Please email Cynthia Loesch-Johnson, CSNC, or Christina Lanzl, Urban Culture Institute.
For additional information please email Christina Lanzl.