Joseph Conrad Square, also known as Conrad Park, is a small triangular-shaped park at Columbus Avenue and Beach Street, in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. The park was founded in 1971. While the park is in an ideal location and has excellent potential, the design of the park has made it underutilized and poorly connected to the surrounding streets and buildings. The Fisherman's Wharf Community Benefit District (FWCBD) has been working since 2009 to find a solution for both curbing illegal activity in the park and revitalizing the park with innovative and engaging elements. In 2015 the FWCBD was able to secure funding to hire a local landscape architecture firm, Carducci & Associates, to create a detailed design for the park.
The new design for the park includes better lighting to discourage criminal activity at night and a low-growing and interesting plant palette to reduce "hiding". Additionally, the new plants are drought-resistant and require low maintenance. The design also suggests painting the cement retaining wall orange which will increase the visibility of the park, help with placemaking and provide a nice backdrop for the new greenery planted in the bed in front of it. Currently, the FWCBD is seeking funding partners to help make this new, vibrant park a reality.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MEETINGS
Two community meetings will be held to introduce, then review the project. Join us at these community engagement meetings to engage with design elements that beautify the park and improve park safety.
The first meeting was a project introduction and took place June 14, 2016.
The second meeting will be a project review
Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Time: 6-7 PM
Location: FWCBD office, 2801 Leavenworth, Suite B-16 on the second floor.