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."
Keep scrolling for photos of the festivities, and click here to read more about the grand opening.
Perkins School for the Blind President and CEO Dave Power speaks at the opening
Representatives from the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs cut the ribbon
Perkins School for the Blind alumni and community members try out the Braille Trail
Sasaki designer Travis Mazerall and craftsman Mitch Ryerson chat with park users
Parkgoers young and old enjoy the Sensory Garden's hand-crafted boats