West Shore Park
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Harborside Living Room for the City

Location Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Client City of Baltimore

Scope Landscape Architecture

Size 2.5 acres

Complementing the Inner Harbor’s world-famous promenade, and positioned between the Baltimore Visitor Center and Maryland Science Center, West Shore Park is considered the city’s living room on the harbor. Where cars were once parked on compacted lawn panels, these 2.5 acres of open lawn, gardens, fountains and views now constitute the major civic space in the city’s revitalization and livability efforts. The park is level with adjacent streets to maximize sight lines, resulting in a three-foot elevation above the waterfront promenade, providing a vantage point from which to watch life on the harbor or step into it. The large level central lawn that has been designed for maximum flexibility: Weekly yoga can easily shift to a full concert the next evening and then to an arts festival. Flanking the lawn is a shaded garden, a café area with food kiosks, and a café plaza. A large sculptural pavilion provides shade and shelter for performances, while the harbor edges provide dramatic overlooks, ramps, and seating steps that encourage activity between the promenade and the park. Shaded perimeter paths with benches and lush planting areas provide garden seating from which to view the main park activities and harbor beyond. Through careful programmatic analysis and attention to those details that bring comfort, West Shore Park has become both tourist grounds and Baltimore’s common ground.

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