Pop-Up Parks Take Over Big City Parking Spaces

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“Parking spots in big cities such as Washington DC, Seattle and Los Angeles are being transformed into miniature parks. Based on a concept started in San Francisco nine years ago to improve public space, these temporary parks, commonly referred to as parklets, beautify small spaces until they are disassembled at the end of the day. Proponents see the short-lived green spaces as a way to promote active streets, friendly neighborhoods, and to support local businesses.” Read more on Voice of America here.

I ran across one of these in Seattle last February. Philadelphia also has an active program to develop parklets. But there’s no reason the idea couldn’t work in smaller towns as well, such as those here in the meadowlands.

Want to try it your community?

Read about Park(ing) Day, an international event held in September.
See San Francisco’s program guide here.
See more projects from around the country on Inhabit, here.

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