What’s a parklet? Find out on Dec. 14 in Morristown

You heard it here first: Morristown is planning to convert a couple of downtown parking spaces into a “parklet.”

Morristown's first 'parklet,' a temporary experiment on North Park Place in April 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown’s first ‘parklet,’ a temporary experiment on North Park Place in April 2013. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

What will that look like?  Is it a good idea?

A public workshop will kick the tires on Dec. 14, 2013, from 9 am to 3 pm, at 18 North Park Place, near the Morristown Green.

Beyond the Curb: Morristown Parklets is being hosted by Together North Jersey, a partnership based at Rutgers.

The Town of Morristown, Sustainable Morristown and Morris Arts also will participate in this session. Public input will be sought. Light refreshments will be served.

According to Together North Jersey:

Parklets support pedestrian activity, facilitate incorporation of public space and the arts into the downtown, and can help to promote local business activity…

Parklets are installations of public seating, art, plants and other elements in the street along the curb, protected from traffic, in areas generally reserved for parking. They are places to gather, to eat and drink, to celebrate and create, to work, to play, and to build community.

Morristown is a vibrant town and regional destination, and under the leadership of  Mayor Dougherty, the Town has been working with its planners to develop a Master Plan that advances the resident-driven vision of Morristown as the most green, livable and sustainable town in New Jersey. Downtown Morristown is  seeking new ways to accommodate residents and visitors in public spaces, and parklets are a great tool to accomplish this.

 



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