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Peavey Park Redesign Plan

Peavey Park Redesign Plan

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METROPOLITAN 
DESIGNCENTER
TRANSFORMINGPEAVEY PARK
COLLEGE
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“Cities are, by their very nature, under continuous cycles of urbantransformations. Yet, there are a few instances in the history of a city that the drive producing these transformations is accelerated by a cultural momentum that can become tremendously innovative. Such occurrencesoften signal a new period of civic consciousness contributing toward thecreation of a better quality of urban living.” 
 
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TAblE OF CONTENTS
UNDERSTANDING ThE PhENOMENA OF CRIME IN PUblIC PARKS 05
A Criminal’s Perception of RiskFactors Impacting Crime in ParksSuccess, Decline, and Rehabilitation: The Lifecycle of Parks
UNFOlDING ThE GEOGRAPhY OF CRIME AT PEAVEY PARK 09
 
Types of CrimesWho is Committing Crimes?When are Crimes being Committed?
ON ThE ANATOMY OF PUblIC PARKS: DESIGN PRINCIPlES 13
 
Scale of Consideration Edge TreatmentOpen FieldPark AccessMovementPathsThemes & HabitatsMaterials
 
ClAIMING ThE SITE: bRINGING ThE bACKGROUND INTOThE FOREGROUND 19
 
Extrapolated ContextThe Cosmic GardenAsking the Kids: What Can the Park Be? Translating Dreams into Reality: Playground and Water CaseTypologies and Case Studies
FROM SPACE TO PlACE: TRANSFORMING ThE NARRATIVE OFPEAVEY PARK 27
A Kit of PartsDesign ApproachUsing a Native Planting PaletteReciprocal Inuences: Modifying Franklin Avenue
TAKING PART: APPROAChES FOR DEVElOPING COMMUNITYPARKS PARTNERShIPS 43
 
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On warm summer evenings, Peavey Park is a busy place in spite of its unkemptappearance. Neighborhood boys play soccer on a threadbare field and small childrenscramble over tired play equipment while their mothers stand by. But some nights, thegames are short-lived, as a violent altercation or shots fired into the park cause thechildren to scatter abruptly. Criminal activity in the area surrounding the park is soprevalent that some neighborhood parents prohibit their children from using the park at all.This seven-acre open space is located in the heart of the Ventura Village Neighborhood, acomplex mix of multi-family housing, social services, and a commercial corridor landlockedfrom Minneapolis downtown and the Lake District uptown by surrounding interstatehighways. The park currently offers limited opportunities for community gathering andrecreation, curtailed by the frequency of crimes committed and reducing the safety andusability of Peavey Park as a lively community place.
METROPOlITAN DESIGNCENTER INVOlVEMENTAbOUT PEAVEY PARK
In August of 2010, the Ventura Village Neighborhood Association and the Hope Communitycontacted the Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) requesting support from the MDC toprovide urban design assistance and meet with the community and the MinneapolisPolice Department in the hope of transforming the current condition of Peavey Park.Direct contact with the Minneapolis Police Department provided the necessary crimestatistics to understand the complex nature of the crime in and around the park. Thisled to a broad investigation of similar prominent cases in the country known for havingaltered the direction of crime and transforming the entire civic and economic climate of theneighborhood. To this aim, a Community Advisory Board was assembled involving publicagencies, the Minneapolis Park Board, community leaders, business owners, and a groupof dedicated residents. From this initial interaction a framework of critical questions guidedthe MDC’s work that included:
INTRODUCTION
•UnderstandingthePhenomenaofCrimeinPublicParks•UnfoldingtheGeographyofCrimeatPeaveyPark•OntheAnatomyofPublicParks:DesignPrinciples•ClaimingtheSite:BringingtheBackgroundintotheForeground•FromSpacetoPlace:TransformingthePhysicalNarrativeofPeaveyPark•TakingPart:ApproachesforDevelopingCommunityParksPartnerships

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