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uses, meaning primarily the autobody shops, could be relocated within the neighborhood to a more appropriate site, such as the Registry of Motor Vehicles parcel in the southern part of the Lower Highlands, and then this more attractive area could be repurposed for housing and other community-friendly uses, thereby taking advantage of its placement along the canal and next to the park, and adding to the vitality of the Pailin Plaza area.

Clemente Park Clemente Park (also known as Pailin Park) currently serves only a certain demographic within the Cambodian population. We have received feedback regarding park usage, which clearly expressed that a specific part of the Cambodian community prefers the current use and would not want any type of improvements or interventions in the space. However, as planners, we feel it is our duty to create and promote inclusive places, especially when they are municipally-maintained public spaces. As a result, we propose re-imagining the park in order to make it a larger, better-maintained, and more inviting place for the entire community. There are two ways to realize this vision. The first is to capitalize on existing infrastructure. The second is to reinvent the park from the ground up—very literally, creating a blank space and rebuilding atop it. As a result, we have created two options in our phasing tables. The first table speaks to working with the existing configuration of the park, while the second looks at the process of creating a new park. Note that in the second table, only the first two steps are different than those in the first table. This section will walk through the second table, but please recognize that the first two steps are optional.

Option 1: Working with Existing Structure Clemente Park, and the canal viewed from behind the Boys and Girls Club.

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PHASING INTERVENTION 1

Invest in better park infrastructure (new nets, playground equipment, landscaped border, etc.)

2

Create maintenance program.

3

Obtain lot to expand park to the canal.

4

Create community center.

5

Reorient Boys and Girls Club to face the park.

LOWER HIGHLANDS NEIGHBORHOOD PLAN

Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

Lowell, MA neighborhood plan for the Lower Highlands  

In the Fall of 2009, a team of graduate students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning p...

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