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a PRIMER Never more popular, tiny park spaces are seeing more use than ever next to the curb. Here’s everything you need to know to launch a parklet program in your operation. By Jonathan Wicks, CAPP, and Chrissy Mancini Nichols

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F THE CURB IS THE GATEWAY TO YOUR CITY,

then a parklet might be a business’s front porch. What are some design considerations for creating safe and comfortable parklets to

visit with family and friends? Read on to find out what you might want to consider for your parklet program planning. General Considerations Parklets generally entail the conversion of one or more parallel or angled parking spaces. The number of spaces varies according to the site, context, and desired character of the installation. A parklet can serve one or multiple businesses depending on what’s desired as your city or campus allows. Safety elements at the outside corners of the parklet, such as flexible posts or bollards, alert drivers to the presence of a parklet, which may not have existed the last time they parked in this neighborhood. Wheel stops installed on either end of the parklet also serve as a buffer between parking and sitting spaces.

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