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Deneen Crosby ASLA (2018)


Deneen Crosby, Principal and Director of Landscape Architecture, has over 30 years of design experience including more than 100 constructed projects in the Boston metropolitan area.

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Deneen Crosby ASLA
Principal and Landscape Architect, Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge
Women in Design Award of Excellence, 2018 winner

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In my career, I have prioritized the design of public spaces that support stronger, well-knit communities and fully realize and respect the importance of natural resources; work that serves as a catalyst for change and promotes understanding among clients, colleagues and community members of the impact of the built environment.

My work centers on projects of significant public and environmental impact that connect communities, serve as catalysts for change, and promote ecological stewardship.

North End Parks

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Connections: The Neponset River Greenway transforms an industrial river corridor, previously hidden from view, to a publicly accessible network of trails and open spaces that links the southernmost Boston neighborhoods to the Boston Harbor. The project strengthens the physical link between the affluent town of Milton and the environmental justice neighborhood of Mattapan, overcoming early controversy to establish a celebrated connection between two seemingly disparate communities.

The North End Parks design restores neighborhood connections that had been severed by the Central Artery construction in the 1950’s. The open space brings a contemporary response to the neighborhood’s historic context and community residents, while offering a welcoming presence to its many visitors.

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Catalysts: The Linear Park, one of the earliest urban multi-use trails in the Boston area, catalyzed revitalization of underutilized industrial sites along the old rail right-of-way. Since its completion in the 1980’s, the public corridor has spurred 27 acres of redevelopment into new housing, retail, and open space connections to regional systems, including the Minuteman Bikeway.

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Stewardship: The plan for Farnham Connelly Park (formerly Canton Airport) prioritized preservation of ecologically sensitive areas and mitigation of challenging site conditions, as a former landfill within a floodplain, preserving natural resources and supporting recreational use of the site. Identified as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern, the park now draws many visitors, expanding environmental stewardship and promoting recreational enjoyment.