Township Commons, ASLA-NCC Honor Award, is a beautiful, highly functional and flexible landscape that has already inspired a wide range of uses by the public and created a strong identity for the Brooklyn Basin neighbourhood.
Urban design critic John King of the San Francisco Chronicle described Township Commons as “a startling act of urban reinvention that, with time, should pull people from across the city to an area that until now has been off the map".
And according to Einwiller Kuehl, the benefit has been immediate and essential to the mental and physical health of many people who are looking for accessible places to exercise, gather, dance, and reconnect with the natural world.
The park reintroduces the public to their estuary and the waterfront, and is an important trailhead for future waterfront parks that showcase the ecology of the estuary.
Location: Oakland, CA, USA
Client: Signature Development Group / ZOHP
Landscape architect: Einwiller Kuehl