Like many other small towns in Central Massachusetts, Taunton struggles with staying economically stable while being on fringe of what is considered to be a major suburb of Boston. While the city is only 40 minutes from Boston, traffic congestion makes for a long commute both ways. The Master Plan considered the proposed South Coast Rail re-initiating the rail line connected most of Massachusetts leading to the potential for development around the city’s Central green.
Taking cues from the Emerald Necklace in Boston, a series of green corridors surrounding the site and connecting several major attractions works to activate the site in hopes of new residential and commercial space. By placing a large sports center in the middle of the cite, the complex becomes a destination not merely for out-of-towners but also as a potential place of interest to locals.