Join in the placemaking process!
Last year, the City of Salem acquired 289 Derby Street to be developed as a new public space. After a public process, CBA Landscape Architects of Cambridge became the primary designers with Salem Public Space Project and Creative Salem as local leaders tasked with managing the community engagement / schematic design for the parcel.
The singular location of 289 Derby, at the crossroads of so much potential, deserves a robust participatory process coupled with a visionary public space that will improve present quality of life and catalyze ongoing changes for Salem as a regional hub on the North Shore.
We are excited to fully harness the energy, creativity, and thoughtfulness of all the many Salem communities, businesses and organizations through an innovative process for park design. This is a new approach on the placemaking process and these organizations are very excited to redefine the participatory elements of placemaking.
The community will be invited to meet on site over five weeks with activities and performances crafted that will stimulate your imagination, inform what is possible, and have fun with activities that you would like to see integrated in the future. From dancing and eating, to meet ups and communal exercise, the options are only limited by what the community envisions. The result will be a collective design built on the consensus of those who will use the space for many years to come.
Please join us at all the family friendly community meetings. All of these meetings are designed to be inclusive for all and special accommodations will be considered.
Want to sponsor, volunteer or participate.. Contact us! New partners are added daily as this organic process takes shape. Reach out and see how you can help.
The City of Salem
Public Art Commission
Youth Build Northshore
Waters and Brown
Gregg Coles Drum & Dance
Salem Scottish Dancers
Sarah Slifer Swift
Upside Media LLC
On Point Program
From the Bow Seat
No Place For Hate Committee
Council on Aging
Salem Sound Coastwatch
Dance & Design at 289 Derby
Wednesday May 24 – 5-8pm
Come help design this new public space! Write down your favorite activities on the chalkboard wall, take a photo at the photobooth, walk the site of the future park, and dance if the mood strikes you, or simply sit and enjoy the performances of the Salsa, Modern, and Scottish local dance groups!
Meet & Share at 289 Derby
Wednesday May 31 – 5-8pm
Come share what you love about public space and what you envision for this new public space. We’ll have purposeful conversations about the character, programming, meaning, culture, and possibilities for this centrally located parcel!
Plan & Play at 289 Derby
Wednesday June 7 – 5-8pm
Come plan the possibilities of activities, community events, use, and character while you meet friends, and maybe even join in a game of ping-pong, musical chairs, some yoga, or simply watch all the action!
Eat & Imagine at 289 Derby
Wednesday June 14 – 5-8pm
Pull up a seat anywhere you like and meet and make friends as you imagine the real potential for this waterfront parcel with our Placemaking Placemats while enjoying some local food!
Party at 289 Derby – Final Event
Wednesday June 21 – 5-8pm
Join our final event that will showcase our collaborative efforts and reveal the Collective Schematic Plan! Meet friends, have fun, and imagine how this space will transform in a year’s time.
Your participation is truly critical and will have a tangible effect on the final and permanent design for what will be an iconic public space. Please join us and bring your friends of all ages!
by Claudia Paraschiv/ Salem Public Space Project This is part 1 of 5 posts documenting the Community Engagement Process for a new public space at 289 Derby. The City of Salem, Salem Public Space Project and Creative Salem welcome the ... Read More
This is part 2 of 5 posts documenting the Community Engagement Process for a new public space at 289 Derby. The City of Salem, Salem Public Space Project and Creative Salem welcome the community to participate in an exciting and ... Read More
By Claudia Paraschiv Our first two Community Design Events focused primarily on listening to the many communities and individuals that came to participate in creating a new waterfront public space at 289 Derby Street in Downtown Salem. The big takeaways ... Read More
By Claudia Paraschiv/ Salem Public Space Project For our fourth Community Design Event, Eat & Imagine at 289 Derby, our goal was simple: involve everyone in choosing between two design schemes with Placemaking Placemats before enjoying some spontaneous eats on ... Read More
Party on the Water - Final Event Wednesday June 21 5-8pm Join our final event that will showcase our collaborative efforts and reveal the Collective Schematic Plan! Meet friends, have fun, and imagine how this space will transform in a ... Read More
Salem Public Space Project- A collective effort to engage residents in understanding and reimagining local public spaces, Salem Public Space Project is an entity of Studioful, a design practice based in Salem MA specializing in architecture, community art, and neighborhood design. http://www.studioful.co/
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