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.
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:
As a first step of the planning and redesign process, a landscape architect will be selected based on an invitational interview process. The successful candidate will then be included in the selection of an artist/team that will develop public art as part of the redesigned park. Once the landscape architect is confirmed an open call to artists will be issued for public art features in the redesigned park.
Initial Criteria for the Project
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:
TBA Landscape architecture firm presentations
May 2 Public RFQ review meeting
May 9 Council approves Public Art RFQ
May 11 Public Art RFQ released
June 22 Public Art RFQ deadline
Early July TBA Selection committee chooses public art finalists
July – September Saturday Farmers Market update board/introduce artists
Fall/winter Landscape architect & artist develop schematic design
and revised schematics (details TBA)
March 15, 2019 E.I. Browne Trust Fund fabrication grant submitted
The 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. Three finalist artists will receive a $2,500 honorarium each for initial concept development and presentations.
CODMAN SQUARE FARMERS MARKET (SOCIAL SATURDAYS)
The Codman Square Farmers Market’s Social Saturdays is a very important activity in the Codman Square Park. This weekly farmers market is held in the summer and fall months and it brings the community together as it focuses on the health of the community. The redesign of the park would accommodate the increased use of the park for such activity. See additional information.
CODMAN SQUARE WALKERS AND TALKERS WALK GROUP
Walk group focused on talking about local history and increasing healthy food options in the community.
LOVE YOUR BLOCK
Love your Block, formerly Boston Shines, is a Citywide Neighborhood Clean Up & Community Service Volunteer Program. It provides the tools and materials to help volunteers successfully complete projects in every neighborhood in Boston. It takes place annually in the spring and now also a year-round volunteer opportunity.
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
This annual national community-building event promotes police-community partnerships. It is held in August with the Boston Police Department and other city agencies.
CODMAN SQUARE TREE LIGHTING
WHEN: Annually in December and through the holiday season with the Mayor of Boston and the Codman Square Community.
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.