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The French Quarter Parklet is the first parklet to be built under the new VIVA Vancouver Pilot Parklet program. The project was initiated by Kathleen Corey while a student intern at PWL Partnership, and soon evolved into a community partnership between designers, carpenters, and local residents. Given its name by Car Free Day, its shape by a Park(ing) Day installation, and its public introduction by a collaboration with Livable Laneways, the new space spans two parking stalls, and bridges the boulevard to the sidewalk. Big Picture, Small Space is a public intervention to celebrate this more permanent and formal phase!

Date: Sunday, June 8, 2014

Location: The French Quarter Parklet* on 21st Avenue at Main Street
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Admission: Free

This all-ages event is an exciting, creative opportunity to engage the community in an afternoon with new takes on fostering dialogue, chalk trails, and live local music. Local artist Sophia Sengsuriya will write on picture frames the thoughts expressed by neighbours about their neighbourhood and event experience. While these activities take place, local musicians will play for those gathered at The French Quarter Parklet. And there will be large scale chalk drawing for everyone!

This public intervention is a fun, experimental process of repurposing simple resources to program the space and engage the community in rethinking the role our streets play in the public realm. 

NeighbourMaker is made possible through support from the Vancouver Foundation and bazinga! Additional support provided by VIVA Vancouver and CityStudio.

*Mini-FAQ

Q: What is a Parklet?

A: Parklets transform on-street parking into places for people to sit, relax, and enjoy the city. Traditionally, parklets consist of an extended platform over a parking space and can include benches, tables, chairs, landscaping, and bike parking.

Yesterday I was so excited to finally see the little parklettes that are spread out throughout the city, however I felt as if I had been somewhat blind before because this one in particular has been around at least for a year but I never paid attention to it. It was also very nice to see people utilizing the space.

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