The Nauck Town Square Draft Designs Survey is now closed.
Artist Walter Hood has designed two draft designs (scenarios) for Nauck Town Square, which will take up the entire block (between 24th Road South and South Shirlington Road). It will serve as a community gathering place for events and learning about the neighborhood’s rich cultural heritage as expressed through design enhancements and public art. Learn more about the two scenarios and share your feedback below. View more detailed images and descriptions of the scenarios here. (Survey closes May 2.)
Features of both scenarios:
- Seating terraces built into the hillside at Drew Elementary that would allow individuals to view the valley.
- A trail/walk between Drew Model School and the AME Church through the square.
- An open lawn area free of permanent elements for weekend picnics or festival tents.
- Trees planted as individual specimens or in bosques/ alleés to create landscape rooms that range from spacious to intimate.
- “Rain gardens”; diverse planting areas for storm water infiltration and/or retention.
- Historic Markers derived from the existing display (Faith, Business, Education, Recreation and History)
- Along new trail and walk.
The word “FREED” is profound because of its simultaneous simplicity and complexity. It speaks to both a historic condition and a contemporary one wherein people are not equal.
The FREED sculpture is constructed of individual stamped bronze metal diamonds and square (4”X4”) plates. “Nauck‐ Green Valley” is engraved on each plate. The names of individuals who have been associated with Nauck and Green Valley in history will be engraved on plates along the lower portion of the sculpture. These names will be collected from archival and community research. Residents today can have their names placed alongside their ancestors and fellow residents.
Major Differences between the Allée and Bosque Scenarios:
|Trail||Trail encircles Drew School athletic fields||Trail connects to Drew school and S. Lowell Street|
|Major orientation||East plaza along Shirlington Road||Northern seating area along 24th Street|
|Paving||Narrower walkways on the site that are closer together||Wider walkways that are spread throughout the site|
|Lighting||Lights reinforce circulation between Shirlington Road and S.
|Lights reinforce Kenmore Street and town square interior|
|Trees||Two allées (large walkways) with space and a line of trees along Shirlington Road||One large bosque (a cluster of trees) on the north side; ring of trees around site|
|Seating||Long custom benches under trees; fewer chess/domino tables||Chess and domino tables and benches distributed along major paths|
|Rain garden||More lawn and space for tents||Landform and more rain garden planting|