A safer neighborhood for all, and a park that will be used by all.
There is extensive criminal activity at People's Park, much of it violent.
People who frequent and/or currently sleep in the park are usually victims, not the perpetrators, of this activity. Whatever one thinks of the ideals that motivated the creation of the park, it is hard to see the park today as embodying those ideals.
The park was originally envisioned as an open, welcoming, and inclusive place — this project is consistent with the park’s past.
Criminal activity at the park has intensified. In the last 7 years alone, there have been three homicides and nine rapes reported. This past year, a UC Berkeley undergraduate was stabbed after walking past the park at night. The suspect has been charged with attempted murder. In 2017, a woman was arrested for attempted murder after feeding methamphetamine to a two-year-old.
Our plans offer not just housing, but the promise of a safer neighborhood for all, and a revitalized park that will be used by all.
Today, the park is large, open on three sides, filled with vegetation that obscures activities, and was never designed for particular activities or recreation. The park is disconnected and isolated from the surrounding community, especially at night.
Rendering: Landscape Plan
Our plan reserves a majority of the site to be transformed into a revitalized and safe community park space with grass, trees, and native California plantings.
The configuration of the new park will be thoughtfully designed to allow clear views and daylighting. Walkways and paths will bring pedestrians and residents of the new housing through the site, rather than around it. Features of the new park will allow a wider array of individuals to enjoy the park.
The design of the new park space will focus on visibility throughout — no hidden corners. If places are visible to the public, crime is less likely to occur. The new student and supportive housing buildings will feature entries and windows facing the open space that allow residents to view and monitor activities in the surrounding neighborhood.