In creating Rochester's first ever parklet, we will join a national movement that celebrates local grass roots initiatives, community building, and sustainable transportation. A Parklet provides amenities like seating, planting, and bike parking, intended to be fixtures within the urban landscape.

Successful funding will enable us to complete a minimum of Phase 1 of our Parklet, located directly at 1344 University directly in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters. Funding support raised will go towards materials (wood, steel, plantings) and construction costs (operational expenses) of the parklet.

We will keep all of our supporters and backers updated as to progress or challenges, we greatly look forward to improving the fabric of our neighborhood and creating the Rochester Parklet beginning in the Spring of 2016.  Thank you!

 

 

How can a Parklet positively impact a neighborhood?

Here is a study conducted in San Francisco that details how transforming public spaces into parklets created an increase in pedestiran and bicycle traffic as well as overall increases of attention to area businesses and the neighborhood. 

"Parklets
 and
 the
 increase
 in
 activity
 they
 attract
 make
 nearby
 
businesses
 more
 visible.
 The
 number
 of
 businesses
 applying
 for
 
parklet
 permits 
clearly 
indicates
 that
 they
 see
 an 
economic
 benefit
 
to
 investing
 in
 these
 new
 public
 spaces.
" 

More from the report here: http://nacto.org/docs/usdg/parklet_impact_study_sf_planning_dept.pdf

In addition to this, we have a wealth of resources featured on this website with other parklet planning guides (San Francisco, Vancouver, and Minneapolis) available to view.

 

Location - Why is the first Rochester Parklet at Joe Bean?

The parklet will be located directly in front of 1344 University Avenue, a massive former industrial warehouse that now features a dozen different businesses within its space. (Massage Therapy, Architects, Flooring Companies, Parkour, and more...) 

1344 represented an ideal location to create the first parklet in the City of Rochester as it featured a defunct fire lane owned by the City. The space sat vacant up until this past year when Joe Bean Coffee Roasters began to furnish the space outside. 

The parklet is a 100% public entity that remains open at all times, it is free for anyone to use, and in addition to Joe Bean, will benefit the many businesses in the neighborhood by creating a comfortable public place. 

The City of Rochester, Staach, and Slow Road all recognize the potential of this location as being a highly visible pilot that will benefit the neighborhood through the creation of public space - something that is rare in this particular stretch of University Avenue.  Upon the successful completion of this Parklet, the City will launch a municipal Parklet program to to bring Parklets across the City.

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