brooklyn's domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing
 

brooklyn's domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing

to avoid crowds and ensure social distancing, new york city authorities have painted white circles on the grass of brooklyn’s domino park. the initiative gives visitors visual guides that delimit safe socializing areas due to COVID-19, making sure they can sunbathe and enjoy time outdoors while maintaining the required distance.

domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing
images by marcella winograd

 

 

opened to the public in 2018, brooklyn’s domino park is a quarter-mile waterfront park designed by james corner field operations and built by two trees. the park offers a number of unique features such as an extension of river street, which used to abruptly stop on grand street; effectively walling off the community and residents that live in the area to the east river. the continuation made possible by domino park provides a direct access route to the waterfront with views of manhattan’s iconic skyline.

domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing

 

 

the mayor of the city, bill de blasio, stated in a press conference that instructions to contain the coronavirus are intended to be relaxed in the big apple by mid-june and that beaches and public pools will be maintained closed. in addition, he stated that access to some crowded areas of large parks such as the ones in central park, hudson river park and domino park will be limited and surveillance in other places such as beaches will be reinforced to ensure that citizens comply with social distancing rules.

domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing

 

 

de blasio affirmed that the COVID-19 indicators overall continue to improve, despite a slight rebound in daily hospitalizations and the proportion of positives among the total number of tests. new york has been the most affected city in the world by the COVID-19 pandemic. according to data from the john hopkins university, more than 28,000 deaths have been registered throughout the state.

brooklyn's domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing

brooklyn's domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing

brooklyn's domino park painted circles on the grass to ensure social distancing

 

 

project info:

 

name: painted circles on parks to ensure social distancing

where: brooklyn’s domino park

  • Does this look “Good” to you? Will our parks in a Post Pandemic World (PPW) look like this? Green Grass/Swiss Cheese? Does “This” solve anything? Prevent anything? How many people are allowed within a circle on the grass? Who is allowed to be in a grass circle? Members from the same family? Who does that protect? Does law enforcement enforce it or are they meaningless attempts to demonstrate artificial social distancing cues? Will our beaches have circles placed on them too? Isn’t that what a beach blanket essentially has always done? Do we place mandatory requirements like: Two lawn chairs on a 6′ sq blanket max.? If social distancing becomes a long term reality how will we artfully integrate visual cues into the built environment? It seems that we can design in paving patterns, texture and color changes in materials so that we can begin to ingrain into our subconscious minds what 6′ looks like everywhere we go and not rely on stickers and dots on the floors and pathways of our communities. But what about our great landscapes? Our urban plazas, parks, beaches, campgrounds, picnic areas, vistas & overlooks? What do they look like in a PPW? Green Grass/Swiss Cheese? I hope not…. As in many things we are only as good as the weakest link. What about outdoor concerts or theater performances? In an outdoor venue application (like a concert stage in a public park) we fundamentally need to get masses of people safely, & orderly in/out of the venue through control points. Control points for ticketing. Control points for ID checks, Control points for security, Control points for artists and staff, Control points for emergency services & deliveries. Once in the venue we need to allow for free access within the venue to water, restrooms, first aid, lost & found, food, drink and retail areas. These are all points of potential congestion and increased density. Now, imagine the queue lines? Can’t go straight through any of these (they would be a mile long if we had to advance 6′ at a time. So, there will need to be “switchback mazes”. But, those don’t work the way they used to (prior to the pandemic) as you can’t pass someone in the maze within 6′. The mazes would need to be 3′ wide and 6′ apart (min.). That would take up a lot of room! Entries and exits to/from the venue are easily handled with broader control points rather than narrower & more restricted. But that in turn requires add’l staffing/cost. We can effectively figure out optimum size constraints for size of gate requirements based on the act and break-even costs. However, view lines of a stage are greatly diminished based on distance and only amplified on flat sites. That is why we have elevated stages and amphitheater configurations. This is also true with sound quality. The further away from the stage speakers the lower the decibel level. In modern productions this can be boosted with mid venue speaker stacks and video screens. Not a bad idea in the PPW so that the urge to “push” forward toward the stage is reduced and the back of the house is as good (and maybe even better). More room, good sound and a high quality live video feed. We need to do things that spread us out and still make the event economically viable. Green Grass/Swiss Cheese…No. Carefully planned and re-imagined outdoor spaces…Yes! I can’t wait to see what a little creative ingenuity figures out.

    Fred Ogram, ASLA, PLA

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