Source: Sasaki

Last week, several Sasaki designers, state and city officials, and community members celebrated the grand opening of the Watertown Riverfront Park and Braille Trail. Designed for people of all ages and abilities, the new park space is comprised of an accessible garden and a walking path along the Charles River.

The project engaged many members of the Watertown community, including the nearby Perkins School for the Blind. With extensive input from community members, Sasaki designed a quarter-mile Braille Trail with guide wire and Braille markers, allowing blind users to navigate independently. The park also features a fully accessible sensory garden, which encourages visitors appreciate non-visual aspects of the riverfront.

Sasaki Landscape Architect Travis Mazerall, ASLA, reflected on the park, "The opening of this park is significant because it connects adjacent communities to one another and the Charles River, improves the park, and strengthens users' connection to nature in an accessible way for all to enjoy."

Go to the Sasaki blog post for photos of the event: http://www.sasaki.com/blog/view/789/