We’re going to be running a Parklet Beta.
Here’s a somewhat similar version that Designing Dublin did on Mary Street…
We wanted a trial site that…
- Would be reasonably visible/busy.
- Wasn’t too busy from a traffic and parking point of view (for both safety to users and inconvience to neighbouring businesses reasons).
- Ideally would have an existing barrier at one end (for eg a traffic-controlling extension of the pavement).
- Somewhere that would be ‘tended’ or ‘watched over’ by an interested party.
- Somewhere that would be ‘enlivened’ by an interested party.
- A site where a ‘need’ for a parklet would be reasonably ‘realistic’ – ie somewhere with narrower pavements, or perhaps a lack of planting, and where people might like to be able to sit outside, etc (there’ll presumably be less demand for parklets next to parks with very wide pavements with no obvious requirement for outdoor seating, etc).
- Ideally it would be a fairly reasonable place that someone might actually like to sit (ie catch some sun, not excessively noisy, etc).
We walked the Beta Area a couple of times and spoke to others such as Park(ing) Day Dublin, and the owners/organisers inside of some properties, and decided on this spot outside of the Black Sheep bistro pub on Capel Street.
Here’s the proposal by David Andrews, which we expect to be in place for about 2 weeks (from Friday 21st September).
(We’ll update this blog with pictures once it’s in place.)
As it’s a Beta, we’ve also placed some conditions on the use of the Parklet – for example no alcohol to be consumed there.
What do you think of the Parklet idea? How could you see the idea being used, or changed?
From what we’ve seen, in San Francisco, the parklets are treated as public space (same as the street), in Chicago as private space (same as inside a cafe for eg)…which has various implications. Any thoughts with regard to that?
Do you see them working particularly well in certain situations? Here’s a list to trigger some thoughts/debate…
- Flower shops
- Book shops
- Art galleries
- Cycling shops
- For cafe seating:
- For bike parking:
- As a public gathering space
- Mini wildlife sanctuaries
Any other thoughts or suggestions that you’d like to share?
Here’s some photos of the Parklet in place…