Volunteers at Somerville Community Growing Center / Tai Dinnan
Volunteers at Somerville Community Growing Center / Tai Dinnan
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COGdesign volunteers are working on five new projects in 2017.

The Codman Square Health Center wants to beautify the entrance and grounds of this community center and create a healing garden. David Jay ASLA is acting as project manager for designers Laura Kuhn and Holly Samuels.

The Friends Group of the Egleston Square Branch Library is working to create a staged plan for the library’s spacious grounds. Project managers Valerie Burns and Jean Krasnow are working with designers Amy Nyman and Amy Wolfson.

First Church Roxbury needs a master plan for its extensive, centrally-located historic site. Karen Longteig is acting as COGdesign’s liasion to the church as the Urban Ministry refines its vision.

The Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School wishes to beautify the tired plantings at the entrance to the school, which also serves as a community center. Designer Elizabeth Thompson and project manager Betsey Weiss are working with the school.

The Jones Hill Association (Uphams Corner) seeks to improve a vacant lot on Everett Avenue to create an urban food forest and gathering place. Designers Carolyn Cooney and Aida Hernandez are working with project manager Valerie Burns.


COGdesign volunteers also worked on six projects for 2016; some are continuing follow-up work through the first quarter of 2017.

In April 2016, volunteers built a community garden for The Food Project in Roxbury designed by COGdesign volunteers Trevor Smith and Marie Macchiarolo.

Greater Ashmont Main Streets (formerly Saint Mark’s Area Main Streets) asked COGdesign to redesign plantings, plazas, and a rain garden in Peabody Square. This work followed COG’s 2014 project design standards for GAMS’s Dorchester Avenue corridor.

Mother Brook Community Arts Center, Dedham owns 3.8 acres of open space by the Charles River, and asked COGdesign to create a master plan for the entire site.

The Natick Housing Authority asked COGdesign to design paths, gardens, and outdoor gathering areas at a 26-building housing complex for elderly and disabled residents.

The New Bedford Historical Society asked COGdesign to create a park celebrating the life of Frederick Douglass and New Bedford’s abolitionist history.

The Quincy Housing Authority asked COGdesign to create a new, more attractive space on the roundabout at the entrance to the Germantown housing project, which features more than 400 units of affordable housing.

The Somerville Community Growing Center, Somerville, a quarter-acre urban site, asked COGdesign to redesign the site for urban agriculture and ease community gatherings.
COGdesign volunteers have created designs for more than 90 projects since 1997.

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