In 2021, WXY, in partnership with Bergmann Engineering, was commissioned to design the Glass City Riverwalk, a $35 million-dollar signature downtown park funded by a federal BUILD grant and executed as a CMAR project.
WXY led the conceptual development and design development phases of the project, which is part of a 5-mile loop being constructed by MetroParks Toledo to strengthen the riverfront downtown and in its adjacent neighborhoods.
As part of the project, WXY developed a new vocabulary of riverfront design features across several major activity nodes, including a serpentine bridge connecting to Toledo’s historic MLK bridge, a new Amphitheatre and multipurpose lawn, several interactive glass and light sculptural buildings, a stepped interactive water play zone, and an interactive playscape topography.
WXY’s concept built on the ecological and industrial legacy of Toledo’s riverfront, including its history as a glass-making capital and historic rail yards that cut through the site. WXY’s plan set in motion the ecological reactivation of a historic marsh that had been filled in south of downtown with an aggressive shoreline cut and fill strategy to maintain stormwater and seasonal Maumee river fluctuations.