Take a walk in the parklet, Jan. 21 in Morristown

Would you like to see parklets on Morristown streets?

Would you just like to see a parklet, period?

You can satisfy your curiosity on Jan. 21, 2014, at 18 North Park Place between noon and 7 pm.

Beyond the Curb: Morristown Parklets  is a workshop to explain the concept of converting parking spaces into “installations of public seating, art, plants and other elements”  where people can “gather, to eat and drink, to celebrate and create, to work, to play, and to build community,” according to Miriam Salerno from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers.

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

The state is looking at places for a pilot project, and Morristown is being considered.

The Morristown Partnership thinks converting a couple of downtown parking spaces into a warm-weather mini-park could promote business; Morris Arts is keen to incorporate innovative creative touches from area artists.

Morristown actually had a parklet on North Park Place for a few days last spring, to promote the town’s zoning master plan process.

What’s novel about Tuesday’s workshop is the location of the demo parklet.  It’s going to be inside a storefront, instead of on the street, according to a press release.

Who knows, maybe this will launch a whole new category of parklets. Shoplets, perhaps?

Your questions and comments will be solicited.

The event is being hosted by Together North Jersey,  a partnership based at Rutgers, along with the town, Morris Arts and Sustainable Morristown.   It’s free, all are welcome, and light refreshments will be served.

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

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

 

 

 



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