San Francisco, Cambridge

Byxbee Park

Palo Alto, California

Byxbee Park sits atop a reclaimed landfill at the edge of the San Francisco Bay. On two feet of soil, over a one-foot-thick impenetrable clay cap, the park rests over as much as sixty feet of garbage. Hargreaves Associates, in collaboration with artists Peter Richards and Michael Oppenheimer designed the park to not only provide the people of Palo Alto with opportunities for recreation and contemplation of the bay marshes, birds and wildlife; but to also respond to the conditions of landfill below within the context of the surrounding confluence of complex ecosystems.