Bayer Landscape Architecture was asked to develop master plan concepts for an urban park located on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in the historic Village of Seneca Falls. Although the property is privately held, the owner has made it publicly accessible, and the master plan was commissioned to improve and enhance its recreational use. Directly adjacent to the proposed Center for Great Women and National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF), the owner envisioned that this currently under-utilized canal-front land would someday include amenities such as a generous boardwalk, beautiful plantings, and picnic areas.
The owner also envisioned constructing an 80-foot tall clock tower inspired by one that has been missing from the community since 1968. Although not the original location, the owner felt strongly that community pride would be strengthened through the installation of the beloved landmark as a prominent feature on this site. The clock tower would be surrounded by a reflecting pool that would become an ice-skating rink during the winter season.
The completed master plan also incorporates a memorial walk which celebrates great women. It will link the clock tower to the proposed Center for Great Women and NWHF property. Sculpted landforms define and enhance leisure and recreation spaces and also enrich the memorial walk. If realized, the proposed park will be a centerpiece for the waterfront in Seneca Falls, taking full advantage of the historic setting and creating a powerful synergy between this site and the Center for Great Women. The park will serve both residents of the Village and the many visitors and tourists that already make their way to this historic community.
Seneca Falls, New York
Master Planning, Concept Design