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Pop-Up Recipes for Parklets

3 demonstration projects provide parking for people rather than cars

Parklets can be created with little more than paint, plywood and some decorative accessories. This photo album is an excerpt from The Pop-Up Placemaking Tool Kit, a free publication by AARP and the planning and design firm Team Better Block.

All photos by Team Better Block


Art Parklet

A parklet can become almost anything its creators want it to be. This maritime-themed parklet features a calm sea of paint, a sailcloth for shade and seating created by slicing a discarded wooden rowboat in half. 

Art Parklet

Greensboro, North Carolina

Mike Crate Parklet

A parklet is a street space, typically the size of one or two parking spots where people — rather than cars — can park themselves and relax. This parklet turned hard plastic milk crates into seating and display planters.

Family with Milk Crate Parklet

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Play Parklet

Children can play in the street if a parking spot is transformed into a contained play space. The one shown here is set up as a futsal (aka small soccer) court. 

Futsal Play Parklet

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Page published November 2019

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