The term parklet – a small park created in former parallel parking spaces – is relatively new to Philadelphia, especially Philadelphia’s low-income, less commercial neighborhoods. This week the Logan CDC
and the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities
(MOTU) proved that parklets can indeed work in such areas.
Monday, the Logan CDC debuted the Logan Parklet in front of the Logan Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.
architects designed the space with “work, play, lounge” elements, including a stage with a chalkboard floor and both casual and formal seating areas, in hopes of providing flexible outdoor space that can accommodate multiple uses by various people.
This project is part of MOTU’s parklet pilot program
inspired by the successful parklets that MOTU and University City District, with funding from the William Penn Foundation, collaborated on in West Philadelphia last summer
. That collaboration led to parklets – raised platforms with seating and greenery in former parallel parking spaces – at 43rd Street and Baltimore Ave and 36th Street and Lancaster Ave.
The University City parklets are in front of neighborhood businesses like the Green Line Coffee Shop, where the parklet has increased revenue
by nearly 20 percent.