This parkette was created with the building of the MacKinnon Extension at the University of Guelph several years ago. I walk by it on my way to and from the office everyday. There’s not much to it. I’d suggest it fills the space more than helps create it. It’s “life between buildings” (Jan Gehl).
It was built to fill the space, but clearly to control the flow. From the worn trails, it’s evident that pedestrians don’t want to use the surrounding concrete and would rather take the path of least resistance. This is clearly not what the individuals involved in the design intended. Last summer, they erected temporary fencing to enforce the flow. That didn’t help either.
The next step is to place obstacles. This is a bold move. I’m curious to see if it will work. If you block them, will they not come?