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At its Awards Gala on May 19 in Virginia, the Potomac Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized 16 projects with professional awards.
The Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe project was awarded an Honor Award in Analysis, Planning and Urban Design.
MMD is proud to support the work of LSG Landscape Architecture in this important work. Additional team members on the project include: The Design Minds, Clark Azar, Environmental Systems Analysis Inc and The Ottery Group.
The Department of Parks and Recreation, and Department of Economic Development and Tourism for Talbot County, Maryland, selected the team consisting of LSG Landscape Architecture, The Design Minds and Michael Marshall Design to design the Frederick Douglass Park on the Tuckahoe. The team was tapped to create a master plan and interpretive plan for the new destination, dedicated to native son Frederick Douglass.
Frederick Douglass, considered to be the father of the American Civil Rights Movement, was born in Talbot County, Maryland, in 1818. Born into slavery, he escaped, eventually becoming a prominent leader of the abolitionist movement. His writings are universally regarded as classics and powerful narratives of the anti-slavery movement.
The project mission is to deliver the use of the park as a place of remembrance of the early life and times of Douglass — as Talbot County is his birthplace — and just as importantly create a place for the enjoyment of visitors for present day use.
In addition to the design of the national park setting, adjacent to the Tuckahoe the team proposes the addition of a visitor’s center that will formally educate generations to come, through interpretive media and a memorial plaza to commemorate the life of Frederick Douglass.
The visitor’s center is a hybrid of landscape and building. What could be seen as a green roof is the actual blurring of the earth and structure. As not to interrupt the appreciation of the landscape, upon entering the park, the land rises up to cover the unsuspected building, delivering an element of surprise to see the visitor’s center tucked below.
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