In the context of the neighborhood as a whole, the topography of Washington Park itself stands out. Within the park there is a difference of about seventy-five feet from the highest point to the lowest point. In comparison, the topographical change in the rest of the neighborhood is about half of that. The reason the change inside the park is almost double that in the rest of the neighborhood is difference in uses. The park's drastic changes allow for unique experiences for the people to enjoy, whether it be the lagoon, a nice hill, or a winding pathway. Outside the park, the topographical changes are mostly for water runoff control.
Now the question exists as to what the nature of spaces that lead to the park is. Are they, or could they be assets to the neighborhood?
There are several empty lots directly adjacent to Washington Park that provide opportunities to develop into thresholds to the park. Like the park, these lots have an open feel to them since they are not surrounded by buildings. They are also relatively flat, ensuring that the views to the park and along the street are not altered or blocked.
Spreading further than directly adjacent to the park, there are twelve more lots within a quarter-mile of Washington Park that provide similar opportunities as the previously mentioned lots. These lots are all at least 10,000 square feet and are located on streets that lead directly to the park.
Drastic changes such as those that exist between Washington Park and its surrounding neighborhood can sometimes feel odd to visitors. This is why threshold spaces are so important. By utilizing nearby empty lots that blend the openness of the park with the flatness of the neighborhood, Washington Park can gain valuable gathering space and appeal.