Plan Approved to Turn Parking Spots into Mini Parks
An illustration of a parklet proposed in downtown Los Angeles, El Sereno and Highland Park. (Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council)
The six-month pilot program, which was approved by the Los Angeles City Council on Friday, will convert metered parking spots on Spring Street between 6th and 7th into "parklets," or mini parks.
The council also approved two additional parklets on Huntington Drive in El Sereno and York Boulevard in Highland Park.
These spaces can be used for seating, planting and communal public spaces, extending the sidewalk "to enrich the vibrant street life already present and foster future investment in the neighborhood," according to the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, which spearheaded the project.
Each parklet takes about three days to construct and costs about $10,000 to $30,000, which will come from grants and a $100,000 discretionary fund created by the council.
The idea was modeled after successful transformation projects in San Francisco and New York -- two cities also known for their traffic woes.
"Community members have spoken and they want more pedestrian-friendly public spaces that support local businesses and neighborhoods, council member Jose Huizar said in a statement.
"It's a marked shift back to community planning of decades past, where now, like then, we are emphasizing local, sustainable communities where residents can shop, relax and spend time in their own neighborhoods."