Pierce’s Park

Baltimore, Maryland

Inspired by his life and legacy, the family of Pierce Flanagan III sponsored the creation of a downtown park that bears his name. Selected by the family to design this park, Mahan Rykiel has created a unique open space that will engage children and families as part of the Inner Harbor landscape. The site is loosely designed as two open spaces connected by a “Ribbon Walk”. One area attracts older children to an unstructured play area which includes landscaped berms, an open green, and custom sculpture. The other area is designed for younger children and contains a living ‘willow tunnel’, two sculptures and a fence that produces musical sounds when tapped. Homophonic words are inscribed along the serpentine walk for children to discover.

Stainless Steel Art by: David Hess


2013 Honor Award, Maryland/Potomac ASLA
Best in Class Award for Landscape and Paving,
Brick in Architecture