Moore Square re-do: The tilted lawn a good idea? | Citizen | Indy Week
INDY Week columnist Bob Geary's Raleigh news & politics blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Moore Square re-do: The tilted lawn a good idea?

Posted by on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 1:55 PM

View looking east of the tilted lawn concept
  • View looking east of the tilted lawn concept

Fans of Moore Square should mark Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m. in their calendars. That's when the city's Parks, Rec & Greenways Advisory Board meets to formally receive the new draft master plan and take public comment on it. The board meets at the Chavis Park Community Center, 505 MLK Jr. Blvd. The board is advisory, as its name says. Whatever it thinks, the final call is the City Council's on whether to accept the plan, change it or reject it.

The plan can be viewed here: 2011MSqMasterPlanDocument.pdf

it was developed by a landscape design firm, the Christopher Counts Studio, which emerged as the winner of a city-sponsored competition last year. The original CCS concept has been revised some — toned down, I'd say — as city officials worked on the details. But the central idea still stands, which is to vary the topography of Moore Square dramatically by creating an elevated, "tilted lawn" roughly in the center of the square.

The effect of the tilted lawn, I gather, is to create two distinct spaces within the square. The so-called central lawn — still flat — will be angled to the northwest, opening up to the Marbles Museum side (north) and the Blount Street side (west). It could be used for musical or other performances.

The tilted lawn — elevated — will serve to make a sort of "park within a park" for kids and families in the southeast quadrant, opening up to City Market. A small cafe and restrooms would be added in that quadrant.

A good idea? I think it is. In contrast to some prior ideas for Moore Square, which would've overwhelmed it with "facilities," the tilted-lawn concept allows a fundamental reshaping of the square without losing some of it. In fact, you could argue that it makes it, in a functional way, "bigger."


Tags: , , ,

Pin It


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Citizen

Twitter Activity


You those who dislike the gaming rooms..whether you have played in one or is your chose to play …

by ThisWorld on Sweepstakes gambling on the way out in NC? (Citizen)

Of course you can't give airtime to fringe conspiracy theorists, flat earthers, etc! People who can take a voluntary blessing …

by Michael Czeiszperger on In Raleigh: Hitler used ovens, Obama will use hospice to kill people like me. (Citizen)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation