A parklet is a small public sidewalk extension, usually extending two parking space lengths combining elements such as seating, trees, flowers, shrubs, umbrellas, bike parking or lighting that reflect the unique character and needs of the location. Parklets are intended to provide space for people to sit, relax and enjoy the city around them, providing aesthetic enhancement to the overall streetscape. By not requiring a permanent concrete base, parklets are a much faster and less expensive way for the City to bring sidewalk improvements to a neighbourhood.
Located on Calvert Avenue, just off Shoreditch High Street, Meristem's Parklet installation is in the heart of the urban, bustling and inspiring design landscape of Shoreditch. As such, our design has bought some calm and sanctury to this busy road, and created an environment that passers by, and coffee shop goers can enjoy the greenery that the Parklet provides.
This venture is a joint partnership between Hackney Council, Islington Council and Tower Hamlets Council, with backing from the Mayor of London's office. The Parklet is part of a larger initiative to encourage green spaces, cleaner air, and promote cycling, under the Len City Fringe initiative and the Low Emissions Neighbourhood programme.