heritage square park
The City of Walla Walla worked with HEWITT to develop a new concept for Heritage Square Park, transforming an underused downtown park into an accessible, multifunctional urban plaza that would accommodate year-round programming and civic celebrations.
Walla Walla, WA
City of Walla Walla
Graham Baba Architects
- Expand the physical park beyond the small street frontage the community currently imagines as ‘the park.’
- Relocate parking offsite and open connections to the creek and adjacent retail.
- Create a central gathering space, visible from all street frontages.
- Entice the community to linger with an interactive water feature, an open lawn and a covered stage.
- Unify the park, referencing forms and patterns apparent in the local pivot irrigation systems and soft mounded landforms of the Palouse.
- Activate the edges providing locations where adjacent retail can spill out.
- Overlay a canopy of trees to balance clear views in and through the site with a little mystery, while adding green relief.
A Concept in Motion
To communicate design ideas with the community, HEWITT modeled the park concept in Lumion, a 3D visualization software. The flythrough below was a valuable tool in helping the residents visualize the proposed ideas and gain a better understanding of the spatial qualities of Heritage Park.