Montpelier Opens a Parklet

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 12.16.14 PMShould Burlington be next?

As a part of our parking and transportation initiative we are looking at many creative ways to manage our cities transportation needs.

Montpelier is one of many cities that is trying out this idea, story courtesy of VPR.

It’s been a couple years in the making, but Montpelier Alive will open the state’s first “parklet” on Friday. Never heard of aparklet? Basically, it’s one or more parking spaces that have been turned over to an exterior decorator. The parklet’s designer has paid a season’s worth of meter fees to create a downtown micro-park.

In this case, a space on the Rialto Bridge on State Street was leased by Ward Joyce, a Professor of Architecture at Vermont Tech. He turned the project over to a group of students, who created the parklet. According to Montpelier Alive, there are parklets in Montreal, San Francisco and Philadelphia, but this is the first parklet to be created in Vermont. READ THE FULL STORY