Chuck Brown Memorial Park Washington, DC

ABOUT

The Bradley Site Design team prepared plans for a music venue and park to memorialize this iconic figure in American music history. Langdon Park, where Chuck Brown once performed, was renovated and updated with a new amphitheater and image panels that tell the history of the singer and the go-go movement.

Site features include a children’s percussive instrument play area, seating areas, plazas and walkways of pervious pavers, bio-retention areas and native plantings, and an arc of vibrant Crape Myrtle specimen trees to complement the go-go color theme. The plant palette was selected for year-round interest and a multi-sensory experience. The project exceeds the rigorous new stormwater management requirements with subtle design features.

Client
Division of General Services
Washington, DC

Budget
$1.95 million

Project Manager
Sharon Bradley

Image Credit
George Brown

Design For Impact

Social:
  • Interactive, multi-sensory site features
  • Highly participatory community engagement process resulted in site layout which respects community desires for safety and placing high activity zones away from homes.
Economic:
  • Low-maintenance landscape
Ecological:
  • 2,567 sf bioretention facilities
  • 16,689 sf pervious pavement
  • 80% native plant palette