Parklets are an innovative solution to creating public spaces in roadways which otherwise have no amenities or gathering space for its users. Parklets are typically built in parking lanes, through converting a public parking space into an area with furnishings, landscaping and programming. Parklets can take a variety of forms - from simple seating arrangements to complex works of art - and are designed, constructed and maintained by the permit holder.
The City of Mansfield is excited to announce that it will be implementing a Historic Downtown Parklet Pilot Program through the end of 2020. At a time where the future of shopping, dining and casual entertainment are unknown, we believe our residents deserve an appealing place to relax and socialize safely. With an award-winning Parks and Recreation department that maintains over 900 acres of parkland, and a citywide focus on preserving green space, we see parklets as the perfect opportunity to draw some of these outdoor spaces into our Historic Downtown.
Of course, this can only be done through the efforts and support of our hardworking, amazing Historic Downtown businesses and their commitment to making Mansfield truly the best place to live, work and play. This pilot program will begin in the parking spaces in our downtown area. Depending on the results, who knows what the future holds!
For those interested in operating one, installing a parklet is no small feat - but it doesn’t have to be hard. We want to help provide a smooth process for you to design, construct, and maintain a new public parklet for the enjoyment of Mansfield’s residents and visitors. There are a number of items that you’ll need to consider before applying for your parklet, and the pamphlet above, as well as the accompanying Historic Downtown Pilot Parklet Program Guidelines packet, should help you know where to begin.