Councilman Jose Huizar (left) addresses crowd at parklet dedication| Photo courtesy Rick Coca
A crowd of Highland Park residents and elected officials – equipped with a large pair of ceremonial scissors (where do you buy those?) – gathered on Saturday afternoon to dedicate an experiment in urban design: a parklet. Built on a section of York Boulevard, the parklet, or street porch, is part of a demonstration project to create more public gathering spaces. The York Boulevard parklet, which features a redwood deck, seating area and planters decorated with mosaics, cost about $30,000, said Rick Coca, spokesman for councilman Jose Huizar.
In addition, another parklet is being constructed on Huntington Drive in El Sereno and a third in downtown.