Symphony Woods

Columbia, Maryland

Mahan Rykiel Associates is working with an international design team that includes Martha Schwartz Partners to create a new park near Merriweather Post Pavilion. The plan provides an array of venues designed to make the park a destination for the community.

A new amphitheater is the focal point for Symphony Woods. The stark fence that currently separates Merriweather and Symphony Woods will be replaced by a semi-natural venue called the “Caterpillar” designed by Martha Schwartz. This 12-foot-high structure will have an outer shell that will be made of natural vegetation and will be an interactive venue, rather than a barrier.

Mahan Rykiel is responsible for the overall landscape design including the entries and for linking the various areas of the park through a system of pathways and boardwalks. MRA is also designing custom site furnishings for the park. Other areas include the “Lilypad”, “Picnic Table”, “Playground” and “The Butterfly” designed to be enjoyed by all age groups. The park will be constructed in phases as funding becomes available.