This project provides a design strategy for the redevelopment of the Waterloo Recreation Center. Selected as a finalist in the international Philly Play Space competition, Michael Barker presented the concept to a packed house of 300 people at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University in March.
The design is not simply about the development of a playground but rather provides a strategy for the implementation of resilient social infrastructure in the Norris Square neighborhood. The project considers the entire community regardless of age and provides infrastructure to support recreational opportunities for all. Bioswales, rain gardens and the 'discovery Forest' provide much needed green infrastructure and a connection to natural elements. By opening the site to the street edge, greater vibrancy is created and will assist in reducing illicit activities that take place here currently.