Once part of a complex defensive network during the Civil War, the current day Fort Greble became home to a well-loved neighborhood park in serious need of renovation. For the DC Department of Parks and Recreation, LAB designed a park and playground area that highlights the area’s history while providing much-needed recreational space for the area. The park is structured primarily by the lunette, a civil war term for or a two or three-sided field fort that is open to interior lines at the rear, while providing a barrier to the enemy. In the design, the lunette takes shape as an accessible grassy embankment that serves as the backbone for play equipment while creating an interior space which hosts a spray park and additional play equipment for young children. Atop the mound, larger children can access slides, climbing ropes and the Lookout Tower, which provides views of the park as well as sights across the Anacostia River towards the Capitol and the Washington Monument.
Client: DC Department of Parks and Recreation Image Credits: Landscape Architecture Bureau