MERIDEN — The transformation of a barren downtown parcel to the Meriden Green has been recognized by several organizations since the park opened to the public last fall, but the latest honor ranks it among the “newest and grandest” public spaces in the country alongside projects in Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland and New York City.
The Architect’s Newspaper, a publication that caters to architects, designers, developers and more, published an article earlier this month ranking the Meriden Green alongside revitalization projects in some of the country’s biggest cities.
“Cities looking to repurpose defunct mall sites can take a pointer or two from a city in Connecticut,” the article states, referring to Meriden.
Other projects recognized in the article include a redesigned plaza in New York City that features a 42,000-square-foot pedestrian-oriented streetscape; a 10 acre downtown park in Cleveland; a state park in a historic area of Los Angeles; the third phase of Chicago’s downtown riverfront redevelopment; and Chicago’s redeveloped Navy Pier.
The $14 million downtown Meriden Green, engineered by Milone & MacBroom Inc., repurposed the Meriden Hub, which had been barren for years after a commercial development was demolished. Just four years ago, the 14.4 acre property contained a bank, a small community garden and decaying remnants of the demolished Meriden Mall. The property now serves as a community space that houses an amphitheater and hosts events weekly.
Harbor Brook, which was enclosed in the late 1960s, is now uncovered and runs through the center of the Meriden Green.
Besides recreation purposes, the park acts as a flood basin in…