In the 2017 Civic Organization Event, several innovations were recognized that have sustainable planning initiatives to communities. One of these innovations was increasing pedestrian experience through the installation of parklets. Parklets are small, inexpensive structures inspired by the guerilla installation during the international holiday “Park(ing) Day.”
Parklets aim to change the view and feel of the streets, making it more presentable to the people passing by. Besides that, there are other points about how parklets changed our lives.
Increased Economic Activity
Installation of parklets in front of a café or restaurant increases the economic activity in the area. Even with a small capital cost, parklets have shown to gain higher revenue in businesses because they attract people to visit the place and to stay longer. If more parklets are installed, there will be an increased potential for companies and an increase in job opportunities as well.
Added Color And Vibrancy To The Streets
Installing parklets is one of the excellent ways to utilize spaces. Parklets have become an attraction to pedestrians because of their mini-park design. It is especially true to cities that have become urban jungles. Also, parklets help encourage people to walk instead because they make the streets more beautiful and vibrant, such as adding greenery to the sidewalks and integrating art installation to the streets. Parklet installation is an excellent idea in increasing social interaction and building camaraderie with different people.
Engagement In Physical Activity
Parklets do not only boost attraction and increase public space; they provide health benefits to pedestrians as well. For instance, reports on the Middlesex Greenway state “that the greenway has helped to provide new fitness opportunities and increase physical activity among residents in neighboring communities.”
With a growing population, we cannot rely on businesses alone to provide communities enough public spaces. Also, parklets serve as a tool for cities to invest more on public programs that will be beneficial to everyone and not just the selected majority.