Initial Concept | Work with traffic engineers Rizzo Associates, to prepare a Master Plan for the parkway that recovers lost historic character and minimizes the impacts associated with motor vehicle safety and operations.
Lasting Impact | The Arborway is a historic parkway designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., extending through Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood as a part of the historic Emerald Necklace park system, and is included within the National Register boundary. Pressley Associates examined historic documents to evaluate the development of the parkway and prepared an existing conditions inventory, evaluating all street trees along the Arborway. This informed the Master Plan alternatives, which presented several options for improving circulation. In the preferred alternative, distinct circulation routes identified for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists recapture the historic design intent, thus adapting Olmsted's separation of ways to the parkway's current use.Client | City of Boston, Parks Department Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Boston MA