Envisioning A Gateway Park

FOLLOWING RECENT ethnographic studies of residents and their histories in the Hurt Park neighborhood of Roanoke, Va., undergraduate students and faculty worked with the Hurt Park Neighborhood Alliance to create a new vision of the neighborhood through development of conceptual gateway park plans for a formerly dangerous corner in this once prosperous area of the city. Students—taught by Terry Clements, a faculty member with the Landscape Architecture Program in the School of Architecture + Design and by C.L. Bohannon, Ph.D. student in the Architecture and Design Research Program—visited the neighborhood, interviewed residents, reviewed historic documents, and studied the possibilities for creating a new entrance park and bus stop. The site is intended to be transformed into a place for the neighborhood residents to reclaim their community outdoor space and have a place to gather and to celebrate.

Contributor: Terry Clements