Get ready to hang out on LA sidewalks. The city's highly-anticipated parklets are coming to town.
Parklets are one way the city is aiming to take over the "Streets for the People." They are parking spaces turned into sidewalk extensions with furniture, planter boxes, bike corrals, seating arrangements and some sort of interactive element, such as a foosball table.
The pilot parklet on Spring Street in downtown is being installed, and now there is another pilot parklet coming to Highland Park and another one to El Sereno. These pilot parklets are a part of a city-wide program that allows Angelenos across LA to apply for a parklet in their neighborhood.
Here's the opening celebrations schedule:
Highland Park York Boulevard Parklet Grand Opening and Community Celebration
Saturday, February 2, 1 p.m.
York Boulevard, just east of Avenue 50
Downtown Los Angeles Spring Street Grand Opening
Thursday, February 7, 9 a.m.
639 S. Spring Street (LA Café)
El Sereno Huntington Drive Grand Opening and Community Celebration
Saturday, February 16, 10:30 a.m.
Near the Food 4 Less (4910 North Huntington Drive)
How has the concept of LA's future parklet in downtown been received so far? When passerbyers were polled, the majority said they would use the parklet to eat, people-watch or just relax, LAist reports. 85 percent of people also said they'd kiss a loved one in the mini park.
The LA City Council approved the parklets last August, and they're part of a coalition effort between Councilman Jose Huizar, Councilwoman Jan Perry, Streets for People, The Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council, UCLA Complete Streets Initiative and more.