‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

CENTRAL JP—Jamaica Plain will get one of the city’s first parklets next year in a new pilot program.

A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces. It may include tables and chairs, bicycle parking or planters, among other options.

The first four pilot parklets will inform the city on the feasibility of wider parklet distribution throughout Boston next year.

“Primarily, we want the neighborhoods to appreciate them,” Boston Transportation Department spokesperson Rachel Szakmary said at a Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) meeting yesterday.

The current plan would likely create a parklet on Seaverns Avenue, next to Purple Cactus and facing City Feed and Supply’s side entrance. The parklet would remain on site, occupying two 2-hour parking spaces, from March through November.

Parklets have been well-received in San Francisco, New York City, Vancouver and other cities, Szakmary said.

For more on this story, see the July 6 issue of the Gazette.

6 comments for “‘Parklet’ to replace parking spaces

  1. ResidentofJP
    July 9, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    I really hope they don’t do this.  It’s hard enough to park on and around Centre St..  I love parks and we have some great ones in JP, but who wants to sit on the street between parked cars?  This is a well-intended but really bad idea.

  2. jp-resident
    July 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    This made sense when the mayor of ithaca made his permanent parking spot in front of city hall a miniature park by putting a bench and a few plants in it. That was cute, and a nice gesture.
    It does not make sense to take public parking on centre street and turn it into a “parklet”. What?!? This is an awful idea, if I’m reading this right…

  3. Susangavini
    June 29, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Yes – let’s take away even MORE parking in JP! 

  4. Ab
    June 27, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    here here!  Parklets are the future of this country!

    • YaOKkkk
      June 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      The future, put the bong down man!

    • Soclassica
      July 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

      only when we
      can teleport and don’t need three cars per households…

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