Little Village Pocket Parks


Fresh Eyes on Pocket Parks- 9/7/09 Site Visit by pocketparks
September 14, 2009, 5:20 pm
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The eager Archeworks pocket parks group met at Cafe Catedral in Little Village (on Labor Day weekend) to check out the 4 selected sites.  Below are notes/thoughts/comments taken on the guided tour.

Site 1: 26th St & Trumbull Ave (large parking lot)

– What can we do to activate the lot and be reflective of the liveliness taking place on the main street? (activities i.e. soccer, dancing)

– Abandoned Bus for public – potentially included in site design

Site 2: 25th St & Keeler (environmental education site)

– Privately owned land, Cesar Nuñez, Economic developer of ENLACE, expecting to build in the next 5 years

– Lot description: previous home taken down, basement filled, alley in the back could be staging area, need contractor to level soil, vegetables and plants growing in Archeworks planter boxes

– Major component: how to get local schools (private/public) and Church involved

– Safe Streets: how to connect pocket park to schools

– Closest open space located at entry of local public school facing 25th street. Small play structure off streetside.

Site 3: Perez Plaza

– Looks complete, based off of charrettes from last year there is change wanted by the community.

– Plaza is shaded with trees, memorial of war hero, colorful mural, concrete/stone chairs and tables, ENLACE office, local bakery

– How can we make the plaza more present on 26th Street?

Site 4: 27th St & Kildare (cookie factory)

– Developed pocket park (refer to June 16, 2009 post)

– Connected to old cookie factory which will potentially be developed used as an immigration office in the future.

– How do we get surrounding residents involved to care for the park and want to use integrate it as an essential part of their vibrant community? What will engage them? Community effort.

– What needs to happen: alternate welcoming fence, benches, wall art, 1 or 2 fruit trees, large message board

Pictures of site visit taken by MigRod:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/miguity/sets/72157622307825902/

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