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Battle Road Trail, Minute Man National Historic Park


Lexington, Lincoln and Concord, MA
 
 

Working with the project architects and the National Park Service, CRJA-IBI Group was responsible for the design of a sustainable, universally accessible 5.5-mile multi-use trail through Minute Man National Historical Park.

The park attracts over a million visitors each year to sites associated with the causes and consequences of the American Revolution. The park was bisected by a state highway, however, resulting in inadequate safe visitor access from one end of the park to the other. In addition, because there was no park trail system, certain historic and interpretive sites were completely inaccessible.

The new trail follows the battle route used by American militia and retreating British regulars on April 19, 1775, and crosses farm fields, roads, forests, and wetlands. The system balances improved visitor access with the park’s natural and cultural features, providing a safe experience while minimizing impacts to the natural environment and interpretive sites.

Client
National Park Service

Size
5.5 mile trail

Awards
The Cultural Landscape Foundation, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Designing the Parks Partnership, 2010 Designing The Parks Awards Program, Merit Award for Master Plan

American Society of Landscape Architects, 2001 Merit Award

Boston Society of Landscape Architects, 2000 Honor Award

National Park Service, 2002 Accessibility Achievement Award, Design Project Achievement: Making the Physical Environment Accessible

Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, 1999 AAB Accessible Design Awards, Honor Award

Business Line
Parks & Open Spaces; Historic Preservation

Region
US Northeast

Contact
Harry Fuller, Principal

 
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