Ferrous Foundry Park
Lawrence, MA Complete: 2015
  • D.I.R.T. Studio
  • Peter Del Tredici
  • Pine and Swallow Environmental
  • Nitsch Engineering
  • Ngoc Doan
  • Stimson

Ferrous Foundry Park is a 4.5 acre site located between the Merrimack River and Lawrence’s North Canal. Layered with site histories, it was the former location of the Lawrence Experiment Station, now the Senator William X. Wall Experiment Station, recognized as one of the first laboratories in the world dedicated to environmental research. Later the site was occupied by Ferrous Technologies Incorporated which used the site as a dumping ground for the iron producer’s spent casting sand, and has since been vacant for the past decade. Stimson began collaborating with Groundwork Lawrence in 2014 to develop a public park and make use of this brownfield site. The unique ecology and spontaneous plant communities that had established over time were embraced and preserved in the design to create a new “urban wild.”