“What is that?” and “What are you doing?” were among the most frequently asked questions heard this afternoon on the sidewalk outside the El Sereno Food 4 Less. Passersby were referring to a parklet or street porch that was being constructed on a strip of Huntington Drive outside the supermarket. The parklets in El Sereno, downtown Los Angeles and Highland Park are part of a demonstration project sponsored by Council District 14 and a group called Living Streets. The idea is create inexpensive and unexpected gathering spaces along city streets. While a crew with the L.A. Conservation Corps. was still constructing wood benches and planters this afternoon, a grand opening celebration for the Huntington Drive parklet is scheduled to be held on Saturday at 10 a.m.
In contrast to the York Boulevard parklet in Highland Park, the El Sereno parklet is larger and a bit more complex, said Frank Vuoso, a supervisor for the L.A. Conservation Corps. One section of the parklet platform, for example, includes a ramp to accommodate the disabled.
The benches also include small tables, which one passerby said will be a welcome amenity for patrons of a popular taco truck that parks nearby.
Large planters will complete the east end of the parklet.
The parklet will include small tables built into the benches. The back of the benches will server as containers for landscaping.