The Brighton community now has a new space to enjoy while spending time in historic downtown Brighton. The city’s first parklet is set to open Friday. The Brighton Urban Renewal Authority (BURA), with funding assistance from the City of Brighton and United Power, is installing the new amenity on North Main Street, just outside of Creative U.
A parklet is a small public park that serves as an extension of the sidewalk utilizing a minimal amount of on-street parking spots. Parklets are part of an international trend to rethink how space is used in order to create gathering places for the community and encourage pedestrian activity in downtown. Brighton’s parklet features seating and tables for people to meet, shade, landscaping and chalkboards for children to color.
The design for the new parklet was based on the robust community engagement and outreach that occurred in 2017, where residents and business owners had an opportunity to see design ideas and provide feedback. BURA worked with Russell Mills Studios on the architecture and Raw Creative on fabrication and installation.
The parklet will officially open to the public Friday. For more information on the new parklet, contact Executive Director of Urban Renewal Ryan Johnson at email@example.com.