Huntington Parklet Grand Opening

The fourth and final pilot parklet was dedicated this weekend on February 16th, 2013, with much fanfare. People St and Councilmemer Huizar gathered with the LA 32 Neighborhood Council, Barrio Action, Living Streets LA and the Wilson High School Band to commemorate the grand opening in El Sereno.┬áThis parklet sits on the T-intersection at Huntington Drive and Rosemead Avenue in the heart of El Sereno’s commercial district.

The parklet was designed through a series of workshops by local residents who wanted to add a public gathering and seating place to Huntington Drive. Funding for the project came from Councilmember Huizar who worked with Living Streets LA to create an “Improvement Vision and Action Plan” for the Huntington Drive corridor. Here, small details that reflect the community were able to make their way into the final designs. For example, the lavender plants and lime and lemon trees pay homage to the areas not so distant agricultural heritage.

Like the parklet on York Blvd. in Highland Park, the Huntington Drive parklet was built 100% by hand by the skilled youths at the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Located just blocks away from El Sereno Elementary, along one of Northeast LA’s most visited corridors, the Huntington Parklet is ready for when you visit!

Spring Street Parklets Opening in Downtown Los Angeles

LADOT celebrates the installation of the Spring Street Pilot Parklets in Downtown Los Angeles, the result of a 2-year collaboration between the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), the City of Los Angeles Departments of Transportation, Public Works and City Planning, Councilmember Jose Huizar, the Historic Downtown Business Improvement District (HDBID), the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative, the Gilbert Foundation, and countless project partners and supporters.

The parklets initiative of the DLANC Complete Streets Working Group received City Council support as a pilot project in Fall 2012 and convened grassroots volunteers and community members to work with an array of talented design professionals, all on a pro-bono basis, to design and install the parklets. The urban parks, which occupy the length of two metered parking spaces, are located on Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Parklets aim to create more space for sidewalk amenities while encouraging a more vibrant street life with traffic calming measures. Exercise bikes, a foosball table, and a variety of seating in the parklets are designed to complement public life on Spring Street.

Major funding was provided by The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation. Research support was provided by Parklet Studies and the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative. The Historic Downtown BID, parklet steward, has partnered with DLANC and LADOT to assume responsibility for long-term maintenance and operations.

This pilot project effort, led and designed by the DLANC Complete Streets Working Group, was achieved with a variety of pro-bono contributions, donations, and sponsorships. The interdisciplinary team of pro-bono design professionals included architects, urban designers, landscape architects, environmental graphic designers, web designers, and planners who led and managed the design process with the city, instigated a parklet impact study, crafted a wayfinding and signage system, and developed a website with public information materials. Community-driven design shines through in this project, which will inform the future development of a citywide program for parklets.

More information about the Spring Street Pilot Parklets and DLANC Complete Streets Working Group, including team member bios and a list of project sponsors, can be found at www.completestreets.dlanc.com

York Boulevard Pilot Parklet Grand Opening

On Thursday February 7th, 2013 People St unveiled one of the city’s first pilot parklets on York Blvd. in Highland Park. The Parklet design came out of a months long collaboration between Councilmember Huizar and Living Streets LA who worked to create an “Improvement Vision and Action Plan” for York Blvd. After dozens of community workshops, community members selected the parklet and it’s location between Avenue 49 and Avenue 50 as the centerpiece of the community-driven improvement plan. LADOT engineers worked in unprecedented close collaboration with designers and community members to translate concept drawings into the parklet that exists today.

The York Parklet is the only parklet in the City of Los Angeles to feature custom mural tile work, done by local Highland Park artist, Cathi Milligan, whose shop the Glass Studio is just down the block. The entire parklet was built by the hands of skilled youths from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. If you haven’t already, be sure to stop by the York Parklet on your next visit to Northeast LA.

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