Project History

When our chapter members voted to give back to our community through a pro bono design project, Director of Public Relations, Kelley Oklesson reached out to her contacts at Neighborhood Design Center.

NDC matched our group with a Baltimore neighborhood who wanted to renovate their historic park in time for their 50th anniversary in 2021, and our new project began.) Maybe not that brief, but something concise.

Site History

The Contee-Parago Traffic Island (or Triangle) is a small park with a fountain on Dolphin Street at the end of Bolton Street. It was named in honor of two Bolton Hill neighbors who lived on Dolphin street - William Gayles Contee and Edward Wilson Parago. The park was dedicated in May 1971.

The park was labeled a "triangle" instead of a "park" as city policy required that parks could not be named for a living person. Mr. Contee died in 1987. Mr Parago died in 1983.

A plaque in the park reads:

"Dedicated to the spirit of neighborliness exemplified by William Gailes Contee and Edward Wilson Parago, May 1971"

Design Process

Pdfs and jpegs of concepts. Link to Zoom meeting recordings?

Volunteer Team

Project Timeline

  • The Park is built

    The park is built (date, brief statement, photo- all those things can link to more information, e.g. maybe we link to more history about the founders or the neighborhood)

  • Dedication

    Park was dedicated to William Gailes Contee and Edward Wilson Parago

  • 50th anniversary

    The neighborhood asks for help renovating the park for their 50th  anniversary

  • Contact the Neighborhood Design Center

    DC/MD/VA APLD Chapter contact the Neighborhood Design Center to find out if there are any communities in need of Landscape Design assistance.

  • Paired up

    DC/MD/VA APLD Chapter gets paired up with the Bolton Hill Neighborhood Association who needs assistance in revitalizing their community park.

  • Contee Parago Triangle Park tree Kick off meeting

    kick off meeting

    Onsite Project kick off meeting with the volunteer Design Team and community representatives at the park

  • Presentation

    Virtual Internal concept idea presentation with Design Team (meeting recorded)

  • Contractor Site Meeting

    APLD Contractor Site Meeting for general pricing assistance and review of existing infrastructure integrity/condition.

  • Community Design Review

    Community Design Review


  • Finalization of design plans


  • Permit/approval applications filed
    solicitation of financial support

  • Hardscaping

  • Planting
    Press release

???May 1971October 2019(?)December 2019February 2020May 6, 2020July 24, 2020August 2020August 2020September - October 2020November/December 2020 /January 2021January/February/March 2021April 2021