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  1. #1
    Jul 2017
    Nashville, TN

    Parks isolated by interstates?

    I am currently looking into the idea of designing a new park on a piece of property in an urban neighborhood. The property is bordered on three sides by interstates and railroad tracks. My client is adamant that no park that is bounded by interstates on more than one side has ever succeeded. The client claims this is a well-known fact and that there are multiple precedents to verify this. I have been doing research on this subject and can't seem to find any information to either substantiate or contradict this claim.

    Does anyone have any examples of this? I am ideally looking for parks that have been successful in spite of their proximity to the interstates, but would be interested in more information on the alternative as well.

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    Mod Gedunker's avatar
    Aug 2003
    The Wonderland Way
    Waterfront Park in Louisville is very successful. It is bounded by I-65 and I-64/71. It can be fairly loud, but the noise becomes less obtrusive if you are accustomed to being in an urban space.
    The old women used to say you could tell the next day’s weather, by whether you could hear the highway or the railroad at night. I recall that they were right more often than not.

  3. #3
    Aug 2016
    Northern California
    What kind of park - commercial/industrial park, neighborhood park, etc? I would say that the noise levels would be fairly objectionable to a neighborhood park but that wouldn't make it 'unsuccessful', just not utilized by typical citizens/families and therefore, probably suspect to intrusion by unsavory individuals.

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    Cyburbian dvdneal's avatar
    Jan 2009
    Remote command post at local bar
    Maybe not exactly what you're looking for, but here's the Cosmo dog park in Gilbert AZ. It's built in the retention area of the 202 freeway next to Ray which is a huge arterial.
    I don't pretend to understand Brannigan's Law. I merely enforce it.

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