Last night, construction crews barricaded the west side of Quadrille to paint new crosswalk striping and faux-brick treatment on several crosswalks. The Quadrille Boulevard enhancement project follows from a written strategy in the downtown master plan (DMP) to create more linear parks in the downtown.
From the DMP:
Create a comprehensive strategy for parks and open space to make linear connections to neighborhoods.
While the Downtown has a linear system of beautiful parks along the Intercoastal Waterway, there are very few additional open spaces in other parts of the District. There is also a significant lack of green streetscapes because most streets are too narrow to accommodate sufficient landscaping. This overall absence of green impacts the Downtown’s quality of life and has somewhat hindered its ability to attract new population and appeal to the current residents. Green and green spaces are critical components of successful urban places because they enhance a pedestrian’s outdoor experience and promote pedestrian mobility with additional shade, protection from the elements,
John Nolen, the original town planner for West Palm Beach, recognized this important role of open space when he designed a central spine of vegetation along Clematis Street, anchored on either end by major green spaces.
Although his vision was only partially realized, the overall intent can still be achieved through a variety of larger green strategies:
1. Create a linear green park parallel to the FEC rail line.
2. Identify locations for pocket parks especially in the residential districts.
3. Activate existing open spaces.
4. Develop new street sections based on a hierarchy of primary, secondary, and tertiary streets.
5. Utilize City owned lands to create better gateways into the Downtown especially on the Tent and Triangle sites.
6. Develop open space requirements for each new development.