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!

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.

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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.