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New parklet in the works for Highland Park

Mar 30, 2016
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The new parklet will be based on a kit with suggested designs |LADOT

HIGHLAND PARK — Things did not go well for the York Boulevard parklet. Last July, a hit-and-run driver smashed into parklet’s benches and planters that had created a public gathering space on the 5000 block of York. The damaged parklet was fenced off for several months as city and neighborhood officials tried to figure how to fix and pay for repairs. Now, after the parklet’s broken pieces have been hauled away, plans are being made to build a new parklet nearby.

The new parklet won’t look anything like it’s predecessor, which included custom-made planters covered with mosaics. Instead, the new York parklet will be based on a kit developed by the city’s People Street program, said Elizabeth Gallardo, an Assistant Project Coordinator with the city’s Department of Transportation. From this kit, the York parklet will use the “Sidewalk Extension” model that widens the sidewalk and provides a place to sit (the other, more elaborate parklet models or types include “The Cafe” and the “Landscape Lounge”)

The replacement parklet will be located further west down the street near The York bar and restaurant, Gallardo said in an email.

The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, as project sponsor, assumes responsibility for covering the “full cost of design, construction as well as removal,” Gallardo said. The city covers the signage, administration, and technical advisement for the the project.

When will the new parklet be completed? Stay tuned.

Damaged parklet photographed last July

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