Parks & Public Space

The Green at Parkside

BSD has created a lively public space in the Parkside Community in northeast Washington DC. While parts of this area of the city have fallen into a state of neglect, Parkside is undergoing a rebirth of sorts, with long-awaited development soon to break ground and substantial efforts underway to restore the natural environment along the nearby Anacostia River. BSD worked extensively with the developer and local civic organizations to solicit and incorporate the input of the community, developing the design in collaboration with all stakeholders.

The park has been designed as an urban oasis, but it also functions as a sustainable component of the larger watershed. Lushly planted bioretention areas and pervious pavements reduce stormwater run-off volume and velocity. BSD worked in close partnership with Groundwork Anacostia River DC to incorporate the Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development (GI/LID) Maintenance Training program into the project: participants in the program helped to install the pervious pavement system as part of their training.

Sustainable Features

  • Job Training: 26 trainees acquired pervious pavement installation experience
  • Job Creation: 6 employees placed before the end of the training period
  • Programmed central amenity space for existing and future residents & commercial users
  • Partnership with Groundwork Anacostia River DC for ongoing park programming and maintenance, 4 new employees hired for this park
  • Preservation of existing trees avoided a loss of estimated benefits valued at $2,683 over 10 yrs. and $8,182 over 20 yrs.
  • Estimated cumulative value provided by all trees on site at 10 yrs. is 1.3x’s that of the existing condition, growing to 1.5x’s the value at 20 years
  • Bioretention facilities provide 34,248 gallons of stormwater storage potential on site
  • Pervious pavement provides additional 10,444 gallons of stormwater storage
  • 24 lbs. of Nitrogen and 4 lbs. of Phosphorous removed annually (conservative estimate)
  • 57.1% of all plant species, 23.6% of all plants and 19.7% of Planting Units are native
  • 95.0% of Existing Trees were preserved, with 155% as many trees in proposed plan vs. existing condition