Bringing visitors into the space is the ramp; strategically hinging off the Old Bridge at the centre of downtown, and running perpendicular to the shoreline to provide universal access into the park. Like a promenade, it invites people to linger, with its generous cross-section, landings with wall-mounted benches, and ‘pods’ that extend and cantilever over the river and providing smaller breakaway spaces with uninterrupted views downriver.Cor-ten steel signage and wood details add texture to the waterfront.
The Platform, perched out over the wharf and the river, brings visitors into the space at street level. It accommodates smaller events and gatherings, while providing observation over the park space and the river. From the platform, stairs descend to the wharf, providing additional access at the south end of the park.
Views of downtown King Street and along the LaHave River once blocked by the parkade are now restored.
At the bottom of the ramp is the Wharf; the adaptive reuse of existing timber structure that sat unused beneath the parkade for decades. Re-framed and re-decked, it is backed by continuous linear seat walls and becomes the stage for a terraced amphitheater. The Wharf supports the floating docks, providing opportunities for swimming and boating. Behind the wharf and ramp, the terraced slope, planted with thousands of stabilizing perennial shrubs supports the road above and provides much-needed biodiversity in the downtown.
Lookout pods create spaces for reading, conversation, or enjoying the view.
Gardens and benches bring life and activity to the previously inaccessible waterfront.
Bumpouts along King Street serve as traffic calming and provide spaces for planting and bicycle parking.
Trees soften the streetscape and provide shade for the granite benches that provide seating along the storefronts.