Three years ago, we held Chicago’s first PARK(ing) Day in Lakeview, where we transformed a few parking spaces into a fun, public green space for a summer day. Now, we, along with Studio Murmur, eco-Andersonville and the Andersonville Development Corporation, are excited to announce a semi-permanent iteration of PARK(ing) Day: a parklet in Andersonville at Clark and Farragut. Parklets, which are popping up all over the world (SF tour, here), are mini urban retreats, complete with plant life and seating areas. They provide more green space in the thick of cities, which often lack communal places to sit and watch the world go by. Watch the video, learn more about the project, and support our kickstarter here. We’re gathering funds for seasonal plantings, park seating and future parklets, three of which are in the works in the coming years.
UPDATE 06/07: The parklet ordinance allowing us the occupy the right-of-way passed City Council yesterday!
UPDATE 05/18: Our parklet project is featured in Treehugger.
UPDATE 05/04: Our parklet project has been nominated to win Ford’s Community Green Grant!