IMAGINING CITY HALL PARK
11 AM - 5 PM
BCA CENTER, FOURTH FLOOR
Burlington City Arts is pleased to announce an Imagine City Hall Park exhibition on the 4th Floor of The BCA Center on Church Street in Burlington, opening Friday, June 1st from 5-8pm during First Friday Art Walk and running through the month of June. Imagining City Hall Park features images and ideas from the community, design concepts from local landscape architecture firm H. Keith Wagner Partnership, and video footage of the engagement and design process, Imagine City Hall Park.
In July of 2011, Burlington City Arts received an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 grants awarded nationwide. BCA received a $50,000 challenge grant to develop an inspired and functional master plan for City Hall Park, a green space at the heart of Burlington’s economic and civic life, a plan which has great potential to build and expand the public use of this downtown treasure especially at a time when community support for park improvements and community use has significantly increased.
Throughout the late summer and fall of 2011, children, families, seniors, policy makers, park staff and citizens from all walks of life explored what they loved and what they hoped for the future of the Park through clay, photography, and drawing projects, facilitated illustration sessions, surveys collected during park performances, and at the “Imagination Station,” a pop-up video questionnaire that traveled to events and meetings to capture input. The results of all of the citizen input were analyzed and compiled into a report that was shared with the City Hall Park Task Force and the project’s landscape architecture team, H. Keith Wagner Partnership. HKW-P was charged with assessing the results of the report and transforming the information into an inspirational design that meets the Park’s most urgent needs and creates an outdoor showcase that Burlington can be proud of for generations to come. A summary report of project surveys and engagement sessions can be downloaded by visiting www.burlingtoncityarts.org/Imagine_City_Hall_Park/.
This exhibition showcases the engagement process and the resulting design, and invites the viewer to rejoin or become part of the conversation and—hopefully—to become invested in the future of this valuable civic space.
Imagining City Hall Park is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Merchants Bank and the Burlington Business Association, and is an important part of Burlington City Arts, celebrating 30 years of supporting the arts, 1981-2011, which is dedicated to the promotion of excellence, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art.