A public garden is a piece of land appropriated for public enjoyment and recreation that serves as a gathering place for communities. It may be cultivated and ought to be enriched by art.
Railway gardens have historically beautified public spaces through landscaping along railway lines. The Public Garden Program will use this vision to create vibrant modern public spaces. Public gardens will focus on six key themes:
Community: Public Gardens can become community hubs and should involve the community at all stages.
Art and history: Public Gardens must include art. They should also include historic and educational elements when appropriate.
Seasonal and year-round use: Public Gardens must be designed for use in all four seasons.
Events: Public Gardens should include flexible space that allows events when appropriate.
Wayfinding: Public Gardens should promote Green Line station wayfinding and connect to nearby amenities.
Digital technology: Public Gardens should use digital elements to promote awareness, wayfinding, and education when appropriate.
Public art in Harley Hotchkiss Gardens near the 4 Street SW LRT station.