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Renderings released for new Spring Street parklets

By Hayley Fox
Published: Monday, January 28, 2013, at 09:06AM
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, courtesy Berry and Linné, utopiad.org, and AHBE Landscape Architecture

A rendering for one of the new Spring Street parklets coming Feb. 7 to Downtown.



Spring Street in Downtown will look a little different come next week, when city officials host a grand opening of two new parklets in the heart of the Historic Core.

These mini urban parks will serve as almost an extension of the sidewalk -- turning metered parking spaces along the street into communal areas to drink coffee, read a book or just hang out.

The newest renderings of these two parklets are featured above. Although both are slightly different, they each include an abundance of seating, stationary bikes, and large planter boxes filled with what looks like drought-resistant plants.

Both designs clearly emphasize the community impact that is intended for these parklets. The first design includes a foosball table and is filled with young, hip-looking Downtown residents walking their dogs and talking with friends. The second, which includes more seating options, highlights young kids eating ice cream and a mother with her children.

On February 7 at 9 a.m., area Councilman José Huizar along with Mayor Villaraigosa, the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), the UCLA Complete Streets Initiative, the Department of Transportation and others, will hold the new parklets opening in front of L.A. Cafe.

“I want to thank all our community partners and city departments in helping us bring the first parklets to the City of Los Angeles,” said Huizar in a statement. “It is my hope that this Council District 14 pilot program will lead to parklets throughout the City, with the goal of creating more livable neighborhoods by encouraging more pedestrian and bicycle uses, as well as supporting local businesses.”

What do you think of the parklets' designs? Will you be spending a lot of time in these plazas? What features do you like and what do you think is missing from these renderings?

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