Albert Lea to get "Parklet"

June 27, 2017 10:28 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- It’s a relatively new idea in urban planning and you’ll mostly find them in big cities.

But in a community known for promoting healthy lifestyles, it just seemed like a natural fit. It's called a “parklet".


The Albert Lea city council agreed to a pilot project that will take a parking space on the street in front of Grandma's Kitchen on east Clark and turn it into a small gathering space for public use. It's essentially a street level deck with a goal of getting people outdoors.

"To chat, to eat, to say hi to people, to feel that community connectedness, that neighborhood feeling that's a lot of what outdoor gathering spaces are about," said Blue Zones' Ellen Kehr

Local businesses will donate material and labor to build the parklet, which will be removed over the winter. If it catches on the program could be expanded.

Albert Lea's first parklet should be in place sometime in July.


Dan Conradt

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