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Their purpose, benefits and design.
Urban pocket parks are small parks designed for use in the public realm around urban areas. They are also sometimes called parklets or mini parks. Relatively easy to set-up and comparatively inexpensive to build, they are an effective way for urban areas to create inviting, outside spaces for residents and the community.
Although it is now clear what they are and what they do, you may still wonder what benefits they deliver to cities and other urban areas.
Perhaps the biggest one for many is how these usable green spaces can bring the local community together. By providing a space for people to meet and engage, it helps to build much stronger community bonds between them. Residents who might otherwise not see each other are able to head to their local pocket park to chat and build lasting relations with each other.
An urban pocket park will also totally transform any unused, derelict space it is set-up in. Derelict areas can often be a magnet for trouble in cities so this is a key benefit. By turning something that is scruffy and unloved into something that is vibrant and used by the community, it helps to improve the area immensely. Having a relaxing, quiet space with nature inside it is also much better for the physical and mental health of residents. The presence of plants and trees will help cleanse the polluted air while an inviting, relaxing space will make people feel good about where they live
In simple terms, these spaces provide somewhere safe and welcoming for people to meet up in. They also allow urban residents to experience nature and wildlife in an outdoor setting which they may otherwise not have access to. Urban pocket parks also offer real flexibility in how they can be used. They could be a place for friends to meet, a place for people to lunch together or somewhere to simply sit and relax after a hard day. As this shows, they are multi-purpose and can offer different things to different people in the urban landscape.
If you are thinking of setting up an urban pocket park in your community or city, getting the design right is vital. Parklets can easily be created by joining seating and planter modules together from our RailRoad range.
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