Little Village Pocket Parks

Class on 11/30/09 by pocketparks
November 30, 2009, 10:10 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The group met at Archeworks.  We reviewed what had been done in the past week, which included going over our list of questions related to vacant land.  On this note, we broke up into small groups according to our goals; research, marketing, and the 3D object (with some cross-over between groups).  Some of the research will need to address how residents can change vacant land, such as finding out if there are people in the neighborhood with construction skills.  The marketing group brought in research related to selling ideas by identifying a problem while also offering a solution.  The 3D component will be a caterpillar.  We are still interested in finding ways to create interest in the lots, and tonight we asked three members of the urban agriculture group if they would be interested in hosting a dinner on one of our sites.  This would advance the goals of both groups.


New Art for Pocket Parks by pocketparks
November 21, 2009, 11:45 pm
Filed under: EVENTS

The students and facilitators at Archeworks had a benefit on Friday, November 6th to raise money and awareness about their school and mission.  The evening was full of different activities including a tour of the building, exhibits about this year’s projects (Pocket Parks and Urban Agriculture), a landfill sunday booth, buffet of food, an open bar, a marching band, and graffiti artists.  Guests from different backgrounds came to mingle  and learn more about the school and our ambitions.

For the “Pocket Parks” group, we displayed some photos and information about the events we’ve been a part of in the community.  We are also excited to present some specially made art created by the graffiti artists we invited to the benefit.  Check out they’re creations!

Be on the look out for some of these around your local pocket parks!

day of the dead at perez plaza by migrod
November 9, 2009, 2:33 pm
Filed under: EVENTS

the cool temperature on monday november 2nd didn’t keep close to one hundred spectators and participants from being part of the little village day of the dead communal altar, kite making, and drum dancing celebration at perez plaza.




for more photographs of the event, please visit: the flickr set

After-School Charrette with students from St. Agnes Elementary by pocketparks
November 1, 2009, 4:42 pm
Filed under: charrette, EVENTS

This past week, a few students from Archework’s Pocket Park group went with Christina Bronsing from ENLACE to do a charrette about the 26th & Trumbull site with students who were part of an after-school science club at St. Agnes Elementary School.  The school is located only a few blocks away from the site, so we thought they would be a good partner for the site.

After a short introduction to the students about the larger idea of pocket-parks and why green space was important in their community, we asked the students to write on two colored post-it notes what they did and did not want to see in the park.  Many of the students expressed concerns for safety and clean parks.

IMG_5302 IMG_5304 IMG_5323 IMG_5327

After going over the post-its so that they would get ideas of what their fellow peers wanted, we asked the students to get into groups of four (4) and gave each group a larger plan of the site and told them to design a park that addressed these issues.

IMG_5294 IMG_5295 IMG_5296 IMG_5297 IMG_5301

After about a half hour of coming up with their designs, the students then were asked to present their ideas back to the group.  Many of their ideas were very ambitious and creative:

We would like to thank the students for their cooperation and the Youth Program Coordinator for Faith in Place, Katy Regaldo, for allowing us to come to their classroom and do this exercise with them.  We hope to maintain this relationship with the students and to have them become more involved with the Trumbull site.

Work Day at Perez Plaza by pocketparks
November 1, 2009, 3:09 pm
Filed under: EVENTS

On Saturday, October 17th, we had the first work day of the year at Perez Plaza.  Thank you to all who came out to volunteer their time to help despite the cold and slightly rainy day!  We spent the day planting tulip bulbs in the tree beds to bring some color into the plaza when spring rolls around, painting message boards, and making a bench to go in a pocket-park site later on.  Check out the pictures from the day: