EAST LOS ANGELES – Parklets – those slivers of public spaces that are turned into micro plazas and gathering spots – have arrived in East Los Angeles. On Wednesday, county officials, including County Supervisor Hilda Solis, gathered on Mednik Avenue outside a burger place to dedicate one of three parklets, which in this case resemble a backyard deck complete with seats, table and potted plants.
While the City of Los Angeles has installed parklets in El Sereno, Highland Park and other neighborhoods, the East L.A. parklets are a first for L.A. County. The parklets were installed earlier this year on parking spaces on Mednik, Whittier Boulevard and First Street as part of a $211,000 pilot project intended to encourage walking and biking, according to the L.A. County Department of Public Works.
Nearby businesses owners are responsible for regular maintenance.
Everything You Wanted to Know About East L.A. Parklets
Cost: $211,000 for all three parklet sites
- SoCal Burger Parklet – 203 Mednik Avenue
- El Machin Parklet – 4514 Whittier Boulevard
- El Kiosko Parklet – 3534 1st Street
Opened to the Public: January 14, 2015
- Composite decks using post-industrial wood flour and post-consumer plastic
- Native and drought-tolerant landscaping and coconut husk mulch