Parklets are designed to provide a public place for passersby to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them, in places where either current urban parks are lacking or where the existing sidewalk width is not large enough to accommodate vibrant street life activities.
As the L.A. Times reports, these parks writ miniature may be popping up in Los Angeles in the near future:
In the latest attempt to cultivate a pedestrian lifestyle in Los Angeles, the City Council has approved plans to temporarily block off a few street parking spaces at four locations so they can be turned into tiny public plazas big enough to hold a bench or two.
These pocket parks, or parklets, will use parallel parking spots to provide bike racks, a little greenery and a place to sit. Two parklets were approved Friday for downtown on Spring Street, another on Huntington Drive in El Sereno and one for York Boulevard in Highland Park. The downtown parklets could be ready as early as the fall.
Read more about the parklet plans here.