Delano-Hitch is a 26-acre recreational park, located in the western side of the City of Newburgh. Gifted to the City in 1918, the park offers several amenities, including a baseball stadium, soccer fields, a softball diamond, basketball courts, a pool, playgrounds, a skatepark, and an activity center.
Despite robust programming for youth, adults, and seniors, few locals access the Park by foot and many are deterred by the hazardous road conditions surrounding the park, namely Lake Street Corridor. Accessibility from adjacent neighborhoods is unwelcoming and “outright dangerous” according to an employee of a nearby assisted living facility. The City's highest concentration of financially assisted housing are located here, landmarked by Burton Towers, Lake Street Apartments, and Mullins Apartments The intersection closest to the main entrance (Washington Terrace and Lake Street) is a car-dominant area with four traffic lanes and faded crosswalks, creating a barrier for thousands of city residents.
On Saturday May 11, 2019, community members and volunteers will convene to envision a better welcoming pedestrian, stroller, and bicycle-friendly access on Lake Street Corridor. For the Day of Service there are two projects: 1) teams will discuss and determine the best right-sizing project for Lake Street Corridor and offer tactical traffic calming interventions and 2) teams will explore how to connect the area’s natural assets (Crystal Lake, Quassaick Creek, Muchattoes Lake and Delano-Hitch Park) into “an emerald necklace”. Team will devise a wayfinding plan that includes green planting, crosswalks, and signage, that facilitates connections between the housing and green spaces.
This is a collaboration with JC Calderon Architects, Jieun Yang of Habitat Workshop and Matthew Tether.