REA is leading the design of a half-acre civic plaza in downtown Fargo as part of a new, mixed-used development known as Block 9. The plaza will complement the city’s ongoing revitalization efforts, create a gathering space for the community, and transform an existing underutilized space into a highly-programmed public space that can be used year-round for a variety of events.

Featuring a central events lawn covered by catenary lighting and surrounded by light and sound towers, the lawn is large enough to accommodate an 60’ x 100’ ice rink in the winter months. A performance stage with distributed sound and an interactive water feature helps to activate the space day and night.

Moveable seating, outdoor dining areas, outdoor game tables, and designated space for farmers’ market and festival tents allow for flexible use throughout the summer. Fire pits, warming huts, ice skate rental, mechanical equipment for the ice rink, and a community Christmas tree are all accommodated for wintertime programming.

The region’s natural features inspire “prairie pothole” plants beds that mimic the indigenous North Dakota prairie landscape, while bosques of native trees provide ample shade. The plaza’s paving pattern was designed to mimic agricultural furrows, and artwork from local artists will be incorporated to celebrate the City’s cultural heritage.

REA is leading the multidisciplinary team including collaboration with local partner, Land Elements.

Scroll to see how the space transforms through the seasons.