Tucson's First Parklet
The City of Tucson and Living Streets Alliance
are teaming up with two locally-owned businesses, Exo Roast Co.
and Tap & Bottle
, to build Tucson’s very first parklet
on the northwest corner of 6th Avenue and 7th Street
. A parklet replaces car parking with a small park and includes seating, shade, planters, and other elements of a comfortable and inviting outdoor space. The parklet is scheduled to open to the public this fall.
The parklet will be open to the public, but funded and maintained by the local businesses. Businesses like Exo Roast Co. and Tap & Bottle have been inspired to make the investment in this parklet because research shows that the addition of a parklet increases property values and boosts revenues for nearby businesses.
Emily Yetman, the executive director of Living Streets Alliance, explains, “This is a win-win-win situation. Tucsonans get a great public space; it attracts more business to the area; and it doesn’t cost taxpayers a thing. We hope that this parklet will serve as a pilot to show businesses throughout Tucson how easy, cost-effective, and beneficial it is to create parklets in their area.”
This first parklet will also showcase the work of several local builders and artists. Carpenters from Baer Joinery
, tile artist Carly Quinn
, and landscape architects from Design Collaborations
will all play a role in the final design and construction of the parklet.
We hope this parklet will be the first of many for Tucson!