Four Design Strategies for Low Battery
The project sees the planned repair and raising of the seawall as a unique opportunity to provide a better waterfront public space. In doing so we’ve used stakeholder input and technical data to suggest design alternatives for the Low Battery and Murray Boulevard as a complete site.
This is the baseline, or minimum level of improvements needed for a complete street. Textured crosswalks, mid-block crossing areas, landscaped curb extensions and small park-like seating areas make this streetscape comfortable for pedestrians. It brings White Point Garden and the water’s edge closer together, especially by allowing people to cross Murray Boulevard safely and also by slightly reducing the visual and functional dominance of parked cars.
This strategy involves the removal of parking to accommodate a widened and raised waterfront walkway. Raising the walkway will allow for railings and columns which can be seen through, instead of a solid, opaque material. This way, everyone can see and experience the water from the walkway, including children and people in wheelchairs. Raising the wall requires removal of parking because the wall would prevent doors from opening.
This strategy greatly expands the waterfront walkway as a linear park between King Street and East Battery. It takes over the space currently occupied by on-street parking, an automobile travel lane, and the central median. This effectively creates a small street running through a park, which could be one-way travel with parking or two way travel. This scheme allows for a very wide waterfront walkway, green spaces with small paths along the water, planting areas, and safer pedestrian crossing
This strategy closes Murray Boulevard between King Street and East Battery to return White Point Garden to its original, historic condition.