Washington Square Park, a five-acre tract of green space, is located a few short blocks from the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers and nearly straddles the Kansas and Missouri state lines. The project is a product of a $100M+ public/private partnership that will ultimately yield over $200M in additional tax base. It is a critical green connection from downtown Kansas City into the surrounding neighborhoods, a unique space in a strategic and transitional location.
The park itself begins at the terminus of the city’s new streetcar line and the northernmost point in a large swatch of urban green space. The design reconfigures Washington Square Park as an iconic destination and critical transit node that is both culturally and financially self-sustaining. The concept reimagines the existing triangular space into a linear experience which bridges a physical void and integrates residential and commercial development within the urban super-block. The result is an active open space for designed for residents and visitors alike.