Little Village Pocket Parks

Operators of Public Space by migrod
February 26, 2010, 10:32 am
Filed under: precedents

A feel-good story about a park-deficient neighborhood of Lavapiés in Madrid, and the patient struggle of a local group known as “Operators of Public Space”, composed of neighbors, designers, and community organizations to turn a vacant lot into a community park.

The project’s energy came under plentiful stress as city government controlled the lot and any progressive utilization of its use without the council’s consent and participation. Operators of Public Space’s persistence and patience ultimately paid off; Its initial activation phase of capturing the space started by having scheduled weekly gatherings for communal breakfasts and discussions eventually moved from the sidewalk to the other side of the fence.

In addition to these congregations, simple suggestive signage stating “This is a Plaza” was introduced to in the vacant lot to provoke further discussions.

After the long battle, soil has now been delivered to the site for planting.

Please read the full story and follow the progress at


Vacant Lot Love by pocketparks
February 17, 2010, 7:58 pm
Filed under: EVENTS, sites

Thanks to everyone who woke up bright and early and braved the cold to participate in the Fence Love event this weekend!  We decorated some chain-linked fences around some vacant lots in Little Village for Valentine’s Day.

Despite the cold, it was a beautiful sunny day, and love was definitely in the air.  Be sure to check out the pictures:

Love in Little Village by pocketparks
February 7, 2010, 5:16 pm
Filed under: EVENTS

It’s February, and LoVe is in the air!

Join us at 9am on Saturday, February 13th at Perez Plaza as we decorate some vacant lots by weaving some hearts along the fences.  This is a great activity for all ages and feel free to bring along those you love.

Together, we can show Little Village some love!

Pocket Parks Meet + Greet…Success by pocketparks
February 4, 2010, 12:15 pm
Filed under: EVENTS

First and foremost, we want to thank all those that joined us for the Pocket Parks Launch 2010 (Meet + Greet) on Wednesday night!  It is motivating to see so much persistant enthusiasm from the community.

Archeworks had the opportunity to present a recap of the work that has been going on, in various lots in Little Village.  With the help of Enlace, willing community members, and some good food (especially the Flan), we were able to get some great dialogue started last night, which we hope to continue on a regular basis.  Some of the people we were able to connect with were school teachers, students, non-profit organizations, and concerned residents of Little Village.  We received some great feedback and it is apparent that people really want to see transformations within their community.  Among others, some ideas that were thrown around included:  movies in the lots, farmers market, sports field, clean-up days, adopting a park, displaying artwork, women’s clubs, and so much more….Check out some pictures from the evening!

Archeworks is excited to continue working with Little Village in transforming these underutilitized areas into something that can really become an asset to the community.  We look forward to our next LV event on February 13th….Fence Love.

In the meantime, be on the lookout for more +space!