Little Village Pocket Parks


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!



Christmas in Little Village by pocketparks
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



by pocketparks
December 23, 2009, 12:54 am
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Class on 11/30/09 by pocketparks
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.