For three years, the two spaces at the corner of Clark St and Farragut Ave in Chicago's Andersonville commercial district have been converted into a miniature park for the all too brief PARK(ing) Day. Now the project is graduating to become the Windy City's first full-time parklet.
Parklets are all the rage in San Francisco, but apparently Chicago is behind on the movement to replace car parking with urban green space accessible to the public. The small park was co-designed by Moss Design and Studio Murmur, and made a reality by the partnership of the Andersonville Development Corporation (ADC) and the Chicago Department of Transporation (CDOT).
It's nothing huge (some "grass" and potted plants), but that's the whole point. The goal isn't to make a new Central Park, it's to recreate green space little by little, in manageable amounts that don't require large amounts of money or bureaucratic wrangling. All this parklet needed was $5,600, which it raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign last month.
Here's the video pitch:
One parklet is a great start to what will hopefully be a trend that catches on in Chicago, as it has in other cities.