Retrofitting Abandoned Lots for A “Paws-itive” Use

There are many reasons why cities should consider retrofitting abandoned lots into small parks. Not only have they been shown to enhance the happiness and sense of community for residents, but these green spaces can also help improve the hydrological condition of urban areas by reducing impervious cover.

WSP was tasked with the design of a dog park in downtown Portsmouth, Virginia.  This presentation will look at the multiple benefits of small pocket parks in downtown areas, design challenges involved with retrofitting abandoned lots, and strategies for presenting design options to generate community support.