Muskrat Park, St. Michael's, Maryland

While the traditional role of a village green is provide a grassy space for community celebrations and ceremonies, Muskrat Park, located in the 17th-century village of St. Michaels on Maryland's Eastern Shore, has long subsisted as a half dilapidated blacktop and half abandoned backyard, completely with several sadly outdated benches and picnic tables. 

 

A well-informed economy of design strokes was crucial to this project as there were only 1.2 acres of space in which to create. But before racing to the drawing board, our team gathered environmental and social data, which included identifying the appropriate native plants, gathering public sentiment concerning design concepts, researching the town's fascinating colonial history, and assessing the health of the waterfront condition of the existing nature specimen trees. This project has three goals: a historically appropriate design, an authentically green planning structure and a plan to support the towns economic needs.