The original plan for Brunswick placed squares throughout the entire city as it was envisioned at the time. Although there are other parks in Brunswick that were later located outside the footprint of the original colonial plan, most are concentrated in what is called the Old Town sector.

The squares located along the main business corridor of Newcastle Street receive the highest amount of usage and recognition. Smaller squares located in residential neighborhoods are equally important to the city. They represent the founder’s ideals of common green space for all to use, and placed great importance on the value of designating places for the community to gather. Including the squares in the city design was also a measure to prevent the crowding that traditionally gave rise to social problems and unhealthy living conditions in European cities.

Through a series of emergencies and exceptions, several of the original squares of Brunswick have been repurposed for commercial use or public buildings. For example, the southwestern half of Queen Square was used for a new City Hall building, and the municipal fire station was located across the street in a facing quadrant of the park. Today, many of the remaining small squares are used for their original purpose: enjoyment of the city’s residents.

 

 


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