2016 Merit Award


Blake Hobbs Play-za

Landscape Architect:

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture PLLC


Project Team:

About the Project:

The dilapidated 20,000 SF Blake Hobbs Park in East Harlem was an asphalt playground with 22 mature London Plane trees behind a tall chain link fence. With the new DREAM Charter School and affordable apartments on the adjacent site, the park’s rejuvenation was an integral part of the school’s and community’s growth. The client, design team, and community partnered together to craft a vision for the space that is simultaneously a playground and plaza—a ‘Play-za’.