Pocket Park

The Passageway was a 1970s-era walkway that had fallen into disuse. The space felt unsafe for pedestrians due to disrepair and deferred maintenance. The new design for the Passageway aimed to honor the original design while adding in new artistic lighting and ecological plantings throughout the space.

The new Passageway serves as a strong example of ecological design in downtown Winston-Salem. This site demonstrates to the entire community the ability for ecologically-oriented plantings to address specific environmental concerns in a downtown environment, while at the same time, bring a restful and green refuge to our downtown. Ecological improvements include reduction of stormwater runoff, improvement of water quality, reduction of heat island effect, and provision of habitat for birds and pollinators.



Location: Winston Salem, NC

Client: Downtown Winston Salem Partnership

Completion Date: Fall 2018

Collaborators: Osgood Landscape Architecture, Robinson Design Engineers

Services Provided

Conceptual Design | Planting Design + Installation | GIS Mapping | Grant Writing | Community Engagement

Project Goals

Place activation | Reduction of stormwater runoff | Creation of wildlife habitat | Provide shade | Improve pedestrian connectivity