A Spring Street Parklet Neglected

Those who spend time on Spring St between 6th and 7th may be familiar with the two mini parks, or parklets, that were built in 2013 thanks to a partnership between various city, community and non-profit entities. Housed in what were formerly parking spots, the parklets are a great place to relax and people-watch on Spring St. and promote a greener and less car-centric future for the neighborhood. But for the last several months, one of the parklets has been fenced in by an unsightly and uninviting barricade that prevents anyone in the community from accessing the area. It is unclear why this parklet blockade is happening—nothing seems to need repair and there is no signage explaining what’s going on. The park is caged in, and it seems like whoever put up the fence wants to keep people out, which is the opposite of how a public park should operate. 

In response to this fence, Get Down Town is calling for a guerrilla public art project that raises questions like: How can we ensure that community assets are accessible to the community they were created for? Why is there no public information made available at the sight of the parklet? What can the Downtown LA community do to draw attention to this bureaucratic neglect?

Ideas we have already come up with:

  • Fill the caged-in parklet with colorful ball pit balls or balloons.
  • Organize a community barbecue that surrounds the parklet, spilling onto the sidewalk and street.
  • Create a replica parklet in the parking spot right next to the caged-in parklet.
  • Surround the fence with potted plants and flowers.

Got another idea to reactivate the parklet? Let us know!    •

The parklet: Before and after.
(Photo via DTLA Rising)