A Memorial Day Park Opening

With Memorial Day this year came a much-awaited moment – the opening of the Armenian Heritage park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, right next door to our shop. Over 18 months in the making, this park is a perfect bookend to the prior additions to the Greenway – as it resides adjacent to two exit ramps from the I-93 tunnel.
 

 
A minimalistic black monument stands as a stark contrast to the fluid, organic lines of the rest of the park. The inscription at its base, and the labyrinth of granite pathways etched into the grass set off a somewhat more somber tone to this section of the sunny Greenway.
 
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Click to enlarge and read the inscription
 
The design team was headed by Tellalian Associates, working primarily with Stantec on the landscaping, a team that has done excellent work in many other areas across Boston, the finer details of the park are beautifully executed by Barletta, a favorite contractor of MassDot. Despite the “Heavy Division” in their name, they showed no heavy hands in the perfect composition of the landscape.
 
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Granite paths snaking through the grass invite your feet to tiptoe along them.
 
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The sleek and silent black sculpture is truly a jarring contrast from the rest of the Greenway – as it should be.
 
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And in the water at its foot, well-wishers have already cast a few coins.
 
And perhaps our favorite part, the new park pathways invite pedestrians to wander into the North End even more readily – right along the shaded Commercial Street.
 
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Keep it wheel, and happy Memorial Day!
Craiggles

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