By Lindsay Forrest, DVI Intern

Photo Credit: Pavement to Parks

Photo Credit: Pavement to Parks

When I first heard the term “parklet” in a meeting, I was just as confused as you might be. What are these “parklets”? How can a pavement project enhance Jacksonville? How do they create cultural vibrancy in urban areas?

By definition, a parklet is an extension of the sidewalk – usually installed into parking lanes to make use of several parking spaces for a proposed project. In urban cities, we are continually seeing the introduction of parklets to increase metropolitan appeal, provide space, offer amenities and encourage outdoor activities. The purpose of these modern parks is to gather people for a place to sit, rest, eat, drink and enjoy themselves outside.

The first public parklet was created in San Francisco in 2010 and since then, many other cities including Phoenix, Philadelphia, Oakland, San Jose, Dallas and Seattle have created their own versions of these sidewalk parks. They typically have umbrellas, benches, tables, chairs and bike racks characterized by greenery, murals and innovative design. Not only do parklets offer amenities to local citizens, they also increase the vibrancy of the community and urban culture in a downtown atmosphere.

Photo Credit: Pavement to Parks

Photo Credit: Pavement to Parks

Benefits of parklets include:

  • Supporting local businesses
  • Encourage the use of sustainable transportation
  • Influence the atmosphere and ambiance
  • Offer a place for friends and families to gather
  • Enhance pedestrian safety and standards
  • Offer a place to eat, drink, read, study, and enjoy the environment

Check out the Pavement to Parks project created by San Francisco’s city agencies to get a better understanding of what they truly are. The city of San Francisco is the ultimate trailblazer in these modern, outdoor spaces. They recently installed a parklet outside of the Museum of Craft and Design. With many businesses and residences, the city has invested in creating a vibrant commercial district along the 3rd street corridor. This parklet utilizes metal and stout to provide benches that span the length of the parklet. Here are some examples:

Museum of Craft and Design

Photo Credit: Pavement to Parks

MUSUEM OF CRAFT AND DESIGN

Location: 2659 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Installed: October 2015

Designed by: Bionic Landscape Architecture

Hosted by: Museum of Craft and Design

 

 

 

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Photo Credit: Pavement to Parks

Photo Credit: Pavement to Parks

REVEILLE COFFEE PARKLET

Location: 200 Columbus Ave St, San Francisco, CA 94133  show map

Installed: April 2014

Designed by: Cameron HellandSagan Piechota Architecture

Hosted by: Reveille Coffee Co

 

 

 

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Photo Credit: Pavement to Parklets

Photo Credit: Pavement to Parklets

COLUMBUS AVENUE PARKLET

Location: 423 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133  show map

Installed: October 2010

Designed by: Rebar Group

Hosted by: Caffe Greco

 

 

 

Looking for a way to support a local parklet program in #DTJax? Attend our Urban Oasis Gala on Saturday March 19, at 100 N. Laura. Celebrate #DTJax with cocktails, dining and dancing with live music from the Chris Thomas Band! Safari and khaki attire is highly encouraged. Purchase tickets here for $150 per person or learn more about sponsorships here. All proceeds from the Downtown Gala will benefit a local parklet program in #DTJax.

Photo Credit: Downtown Vision

Photo Credit: Downtown Vision

 

 



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