Location: Washington, DC
Michael Baker International was retained to provide landscape architecture design and construction administration services for the redesign of French Park, a 0.1-acre parcel in Northwest Washington, D.C. Historically five residential lots, the park was closed for decades due to misuse. The recent renovation was designed with community input to construct a pocket park for passive recreation. The space was transformed from a sunken concrete depression into an accessible community garden. Planting beds with perennials, shrubs and flowering trees are to be jointly maintained by the parks department and neighborhood residents. The plant palette was composed to serve as a migratory waystation for butterfly species. ADA accessible permeable pavers were used to positively impact stormwater levels while creating an inclusive paved plaza and walking path. Existing concrete seat walls were retained and faced with brick to match historical neighborhood architecture. Three mature honeylocust trees were protected during construction to provide shade, screening and an established feel to the new park.