New Jersey Urban Parks Master Plan Design Competition

The State of New Jersey invites architects, landscape architects, artists, designers, and planners to express their interest in the submission of concepts and visions for two new urban state park initiatives: the Great Falls State Park in Paterson and a band of Trenton-area parks and historic sites, including Stacy Park in the Capitol Complex. The Paterson park will focus on ecological aesthetics of the Great Falls and the city’s Native American and industrial history. The Trenton park will link the Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park to existing parks and historic sites, including the Hamilton-Trenton Marsh, Stacy Park, Mill Hill Park, the Trenton Battle Monument and three National Historic Landmarks, the Old Barracks Museum, the John Abbott House and the William Trent House Museum. The winning concept(s) for each park will successfully incorporate issues of: identity appropriate to urban parks, the enrichment of city life, the surrounding man-made and natural environment, cultural tourism, history, and archaeology.

Up to five teams of finalists for each city will each receive a project development contract for $17,000 to develop detailed design concepts for the Master Plan in two stages. The winning designers selected for each project site will enter into a professional consulting contract with the State of New Jersey’s Department of the Treasury to provide the Master Plan.

October 21, 2005 is the RFQ deadline, and shortlisted finalists will be notified November 1, 2005.

Competition sponsors are: the State of New Jersey: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the NJIT School of Architecture.

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