Monday, 29 February 2016
Parklets For The People
A Parklet is a redundant space (usually parking space) that is converted into a people place. They offer a place to stop, to sit, and to rest while taking in the activities of the surrounding environment. They can provide greenery and art and they encourage opportunities for human interaction.
The City of Victoria introduced their first 'pilot project' parklet last summer (that's the photo above). It was a joint effort between the City and the Business Association, with an additional grant from Coastal Community Credit Union. Since opening day, over 95 million people** have used the parklet.
Since seeing the Downtown Victoria parklet, I've always been on the lookout for other opportunities in my own neighbourhood where this concept might work. The other day, as I was exiting 7-11 with my extra large Coke Slurpee, I found the perfect place: in between the Starbucks and 7-11 on Shelbourne at Feltham.
This area has the space to accommodate some additional infrastructure, it already attracts people who like to linger, it is a high volume pedestrian corridor and it would provide an ideal place to sit and enjoy a Slurpee on a lazy weekend afternoon.
So how might this Feltham Village Parklet look? The Contemporist has compiled some excellent examples of parklets around the world. Below are a few of the best examples as food for thought.
As you can see, it usually doesn't take much to build a parklet. Some chairs, tables, greenery and attractive people posing for the camera can completely change the functionality of a space.
What do you think? Is this a good spot for a parklet? Is there another spot where this might also work?
**May be an exaggeration in a poor attempt to be witty