Pop-up Parklet Creates a New Community Space on E. Alisal Street

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News Date: 
February 7, 2018
Kids play in a temporary parklet in front of Leal Bakery

On Sunday, January 28th, East Alisal Street visitors got to enjoy the outdoors, munch on pan dulce, and learn more about a new kind of community space at a one-day parklet in front of Leal Bakery. The East Alisal corridor is one of the most vibrant shopping destinations in Salinas, but residents frequently note the lack of public space and outdoor dining as areas for improvement. A parklet is a tiny park created in one or more on-street parking spaces as a way of extending the sidewalk to increase public space and amenities. Cities across the world are coming up with inventive parklets that give residents the opportunity for more green space, outdoor dining, and places to relax. 

The East Alisal parklet was hosted by the City as part of a Caltrans grant to look at ways of making the corridor a more complete street for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users. The parklet featured seating areas, a children's play mat, and street trees and shrubs. Visitors got to provide input on the corridor as well as learn about parklets in other cities through posters and activities. To learn more about the parklet or provide input on transportation in East Salinas, please come to the Alisal Vibrancy Plan's next Transportation Working Group meeting, February 21, from 6-8 PM at the Firehouse Recreation Center, 1330 E. Alisal Street. This working group will meet regularly on the third Wednesday of the month through the summer.