Little Village Pocket Parks


Pocket Parks Meet + Greet…Success
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!

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Pocket Park Launch 2010
January 26, 2010, 5:37 pm
Filed under: background, EVENTS

The winter might bring hibernation, but the imagination continues to flutter!

It’s the beginning of a new year, and what better way to kick-off the year than to meet the faces of the Archeworks team! Join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at 6:00pm in Little Village for some free food and fellowship.  We will be gathering at the New Life Church and will discuss the exciting plans and ideas that are in the works for the rest of the year.  Learn how you can get involved and give us your input.  All age groups are welcomed.

Let’s work together to bring more green space to Little Village!



Christmas in Little Village
January 11, 2010, 1:09 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

From December 24, 2009

Collection of images and thoughts while distributing posters in Little Village. The focus was primarily on businesses surrounding a vacant lot on 26th & St. Louis (abuts the alley where our 26th & trumbull site is). People responded positively to the posters wishing Little Village a Happy New Year with an image of the tree placed in a vacant lot (refer to Decemeber 23rd post). I’m hoping people see the poster we put up inside the Church tomorrow and on Sunday (Christmas Day). These efforts were made in order to draw curiosity into the space and also interact with local residents and businesses. There were a lot of people out despite the rainy and cold weather. Oh yes, we also enjoyed the freshly cooked tamales from a local vendor. YUM

poster placed on a vacant lot FOR SALE sign

Church across the street from vacant lot

Fruit Juice Shop

crowded barber shop

vacant lot poster advertised under FOR RENT sign

local tamale vendor directly across from vacant lot



December 23, 2009, 12:54 am
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Class on 11/30/09
November 30, 2009, 10:10 pm
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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
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!



After-School Charrette with students from St. Agnes Elementary
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.

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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.

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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.