Building on the work of the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, the city of Dallas and Team Better Block led a planning and design process to permanently close an unneeded section of West 7th Street from West Davis to Montclair in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, TX.
The Community began by highlighting potential changes to the area that would make the landscape more appealing for residents and defining elements to remain.
Andrew Howard, AICP led a group to the site to create chalk outlines of amenities that could be incorporated within the existing space. Ultimately, the community decided that the focus of the plaza should be:
- Neighborhood centric
- A trail head or pause park
- Inviting to young families
- Inviting to pet owners
- Mindful of noise conflicts with immediate area residents
- Well shaded
After two community meetings were held, we worked with residents and children from the local elementary school to help illustrate several of the concepts discussed in the meetings.
A plan was developed, based partially on Portland’s successful Intersection Repair project and New York City’s Streets to Plazas initiatives, that incorporated traditional plaza amenities like chairs and tables with repainted concrete surfaces.
A Mondrian inspired theme was used to highlight the neighborhood’s turn of the century roots, and local area artists Nicole Horn and Stacy Cianciulli set to work to help create a series of renderings based on concepts outlined in community meetings, including a shade tree, water feature, identifier (Texas flag), kids play area, and a bicycle.
Using locally sourced materials, the neighborhood set to work building benches from reclaimed pallets, and tables from reclaimed electrical spools.
Children from Rosemont Elementary school came out on Saturday morning and began filling in the street art.
And to top things off, a Mondrian inspired tire swing was added to the mix.
Next steps for this project are to complete the construction drawings of agreed upon elements for a permanent plaza. Those will be available in August. Check out the video below of the day for more on the Rosemont Better Plaza project.