First parklet coming to Tucson

February 13, 2014 by  

Living Streets Alliance (LSA) is working with businesses in downtown Tucson to develop the first parklet in the growing cultural district just north of the city. No doubt LSA is turning to a variety of printing services to make the community aware of this endeavor so as to be able to raise the $17,000 needed to permit, build, and maintain the parklet.

A parklet takes a public space seen to be underused and turns it into a non-permanent mini-park. Planters, shade, seating and other elements for such a park are used from local resources. The end result is a space that can be utilized by the public for relaxing, gathering, and recreation.

Businesses located at the proposed location of the parking lot are so far very supportive of the idea. The owner of Tap & Bottle, Rebecca Safford, commented that a parklet would help to meet the demand for more public spaces, as many of her customers bike or walk to her business.

The location of the parklet is in an historical warehouse district, which has always been focused on art, and so it will complement the personality of the area. Local artists and designers will take part in the project, including Baer Joinery carpenters, Carly Quinn providing artisan tile work, and Design Collaborations as landscape architects. There will also be local architects and architecture students involved in the project.