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.
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.