Ashley Park Project

Project Update

Throughout the 2020/2021 winter months, the OHCD conducted an online survey about what people would like to see at Ashley Park and met with neighborhood stakeholders and city staff to discuss future uses for the park. Initial Ideas for the park include open green space, an additional plaza with seating, walking paths and a small outdoor performance space.

These initial ideas were then used to create two different design concepts for Ashley Park. These concepts were presented to neighborhood stakeholders, city staff and the community at a virtual public meeting. The designs, as shown on this web page, incorporated many of the same initial ideas for the park, but aimed to highlight the different ways these ideas could be implemented. A recording of that public meeting during which the two concept designs were discussed, can be viewed here. (Please note that although this recording starts part-way through the public meeting, it captures the discussion about the two design concepts.) A copy of the complete powerpoint presented during the public meeting is available here.

Additional details and drawings of each concept plan can be found here.

Project Background

The City of New Bedford’s Office of Housing & Community Development, in partnership with the Department of Parks, Recreation and Beaches, is working on the redesign of Ashley Park in the City’s South End.

This project started in the Fall of 2020, when the OHCD hired Crowley Cottrell, a landscape architecture firm, to help visualize the design options for Ashley Park. In the Winter of 2020/2021, we launched a community survey and met with neighborhood stakeholders to discuss the current park and future needs. The surveys and meetings informed the two design concepts, which were then presented to stakeholders and the community.

Park designers are now reviewing the feedback received on the two concept designs and working to create a park design that incorporates all of the feedback heard thus far.

What do you think?
if you would like to share your thoughts about the design of Ashley parking moving forward, simply send an email to
We welcome your ideas!