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  • Confluence Pocket Park

    September 20, 2017

    Great things happen when you get a great group of people together. Each of the 5 Confluence offices met up in Cedar Rapids to transform a parking ramp and an alley into a pedestrian friendly pocket park. 

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    • The goal of this project is to alter the public’s perception of alleys in downtown Cedar Rapids through the use of temporary interventions that transform an alley from a purely utilitarian space to an attractive, pedestrian-friendly public space.

      Historically, alleys in downtown Cedar Rapids have served as service drives and one-way vehicular connections. This has resulted in a network of desolate corridors that are not pedestrian friendly. While alleys serve a critical function for the many shops, restaurants and offices throughout downtown by providing a location for dumpsters and service vehicles; they can also function as a pedestrian spaces capable of housing amenities such as outdoor seating, art installations and pedestrian linkages.

      The intent of this installation is to recognize and celebrate the existing pedestrian’s use of these spaces throughout downtown by focusing on one alley in particular. Injecting simple pedestrian-oriented amenities such as color, art, plantings and seating will transform this space from a concrete valley into an urban park without negatively impacting any of the service functions of the alley.

      While this installation is designed to be temporary, it is our hope that this project sparks a recognition of the potential that alleys possess within downtown and leads to future, more permanent, alley improvements throughout downtown.