Oak Park & Centennial Hill Plan, Montgomery, AL. 

PLANNING

Summary

The Plan for Oak Park and Centennial Hill in Montgomery, Alabama is a guide to rejuvenating the landmark city park and surrounding historic neighborhoods. Oak Park, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1899, has seen its initial design compromised by extensive gating and maintenance facilities. The plan, led by Jason King, guiding the Dover, Kohl & Partners Team, opens up the park, relocates maintenance facilities, and introduces new amenities like a restaurant and splash park.

 

Centennial Hill, once an affluent middle-class African-American community post-Civil War, experienced significant decline after the early 1960s. The plan aims to restore the historic housing fabric, rejuvenate pedestrian-friendly streets, and revive the former main street environment, aligning with growth at neighboring Alabama State University and Jackson Hospital.

 

Process: The Plan for Oak Park and Centennial Hill was developed during a week-long public charrette in December 2010, incorporating input from over 100 residents, community leaders, and stakeholders. This plan is part of a series of small area plans established through successful charrette processes for downtown, including a series of action items and benchmarks coordinated with the Mayor and community leaders to be achieved in one year, five years, ten years, and over a lifetime.

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