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Syracuse, NY
Movement On Main: Light-Play!
Demonstration Day 1
Demonstration Day 1
Bounce Materials
Climb Materials
Cubes Materials
Interactive Lights
Zones 2 & 3
Movement On Main: Light Play
Light-Play! is about shaping healthy bodies, a healthy street, and a healthy and vibrant community in the Near Westside. It plays with light and colorful and fun materials to create a new identity for Wyoming Street, a new activity center for neighborhood life, and playful new surfaces and structures that inspire movement in people of all ages. The project includes activity mounds (small and large), seating elements and rain gardens arranged as social rooms along five blocks that allow for people to sit, jump, skip, run, climb, and play. Color animates the street and lights are activated by motion sensors, reflecting off tilted panels, colored paint along the street and on light poles and against embedded road reflectors, engaging all of Wyoming Street in a playful game of flickering lights and glowing walls.
Project Details
  • Region
    • Northeast
  • city
    • Syracuse, NY
  • neighborhood
    • Near West Side (NWS)
  • Project Size
    • 5 Linear Blocks
  • Project Cost
    • $1,500,000 ($250,000 per block)
  • Project Status
    • Schematic Design
Strategies Implemented
Design
  • “Street Activation” Features: Interactive lighting along sidewalks
  • Year-Round Programming: Activity mounds (small and large) provide spongey surfaces to climb over during the warm months, and hills to sled down as the snow falls
  • Permeable rubber surfaces allow snowmelt to infiltrate as the temperatures rise, revealing, once again, an interactive play surface without the wait
  • Low-Budget Tactics: Low-cost safety materials are repurposed as play features and interactive elements, operating as dual-purpose safety and play structures
  • Green Infrastructure components: Topographic shifts direct water towards rain gardens where bamboo absorbs runoff
  • Reinvent existing regulation on street safety; utilizing off-the-shelf components and fixtures in new and inventive ways
  • Combined stormwater regulation, open space and multi-modal transportation policy to create a hybrid environment that promotes healthy cities and healthy bodies throughout the neighborhood
Process
  • Movement on Main Demonstration Day – Poured-in-place rubber was temporarily installed along a portion of Wyoming Street to give community members an opportunity to interact with design, give feedback on the process and to meet the designers in person. This one day event used food trucks, playscapes and the signature color and light of the final scheme to bring the community together.
Funding
  • Estimated Project Cost: $1.5M ($250,000 per block)
Policy
  • Project did not require policy or regulatory changes to implement
  • Project itself was not a new policy or regulation
Project Impact
  • Project seeks to reinvent existing regulation on street safety, utilizing off-the-shelf components and fixtures in new and inventive ways

  • Project seeks to combine stormwater regulation, open-space and multi-modal transportation policy to create a hybrid environment that promotes healthy cities and healthy bodies throughout the neighborhood

Syracuse, 2010

2010
Pop. Loss Since Peak
Peak year: 1950
0 75
34.0%
2010 Unemployment
0 75
10.0%
2010 Poverty
0 75
26.0%
2010 Res. Vacancy
0 75
11.0%
2000–2010
Population Change
-30 0 15
-1.0%
Unemployment Change
-30 0 15
1.0%
Poverty Change
-30 0 15
4.0%
Res. Vacancy Change
-30 0 15
-1.9%