Little Village Pocket Parks

Public Process: Engaging Local Residents at Trumbull Site by pocketparks
April 26, 2010, 10:34 am
Filed under: EVENTS

On a sunny spring morning, Enlace, NeighborSpace, and +space met with residents that live along the Trumbull Site (on 26th and Trumbull); one of the four pocket parks Archeworks has been working with Enlace to develop into a community space.  It was an important step in the process to listen to and discuss concerns with people that will actually be maintaining the site. Jaime de Leon, Community Program Director at Enlace, and Ben Helphand from NeighborSpace spoke openly with residents about the potential development of the Trumbull Site. Locals showed interest in visiting existing NeighborSpace sites to gain insight and better understanding on how they can help in maintaining a community space and truly be a part of the public process. +space further facilitated discussion by constructing a furniture piece on site that serves as planter box, bench, and recycling bin. The winning design from Architecture for Humanity’s Street Furniture Competion was awarded to MAS Studio and featured as the chosen furniture piece on the Trumbull Site.


Earth Day WORK DAY! by pocketparks
April 15, 2010, 1:14 pm
Filed under: EVENTS

Come celebrate and help take care of the planet we call home!  Join us on Saturday, April 24th from 9am-2pm.

Spring Clean-Up on Little Village’s Pocket Parks by pocketparks
April 3, 2010, 11:52 pm
Filed under: EVENTS, sites

Enlace, +space, and some hard working students and interns from Chicago Public Schools and the Student Conservation Association got together to spruce up the 3 of Little Village’s pocket parks.  Benches, a greenhouse, planter boxes, and a compost bin were built, and existing benches and planters were painted.  The site at 25th and Keeler underwent a pretty major transformation with the help of Samuel Vergara and his interns from the Student Conservation Association.

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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!

Pocket Park Launch 2010 by pocketparks
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!