Roslindale Neighbors: Parklet returns to Rozzie, but not JP

Roslindale Village will be seeing the return of a parklet this month, while Jamaica Plain will go another year without, due to utility work.

According to Boston Transportation Department spokesperson Tracey Ganiatsos, the installation of Rozzie’s parklet—originally created for and installed in Mission Hill—began last week at 27 Corinth St., outside Fornax Bakery. Roslindale Village Main Streets is also a partner for the parklet’s maintenance and upkeep.

JP, meanwhile, will not see the return of its parklet in Hyde Square. Utility work would not allow the parklet to be settled in any one location for more than a few weeks, Hyde/Jackson Square Main Streets (HJSMA) Executive Director Gerald Robbins told the Gazette this week.

“It doesn’t make sense to keep it on the street” while it’s being worked on, he said. “Otherwise it’d be back already,” he added. The same happened last summer: ongoing utility work kept various sections of the Hyde/Jackson area of Centre Street partially closed and under construction the entire spring and summer.

As for next year, assuming the work is completed?

“It’d be nice. But I don’t know,” he said.

The parklet created with JP’s input will instead be installed this year outside Mei Mei Café at 506 Park Dr. in Audubon Circle, Ganiatsos said.

A parklet is a small, semi-permanent public space that resembles a deck, created from two to three parking spaces.

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