Philadelphia, PA (May 23, 2013) – Small, green spaces, called pocket parks, are growing in urban areas and proving a respite from city life. Philadelphia is the latest city to transform a vacant lot, opposite the Kimmel Center, into a green and shady oasis, including 16 large honey locust trees, thanks to the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. The park will also serve as a space for art installations throughout the year.
In addition to the grove of honey locust trees, the park boasts three banana trees and a host of decorative plants. The once vacant lot, owned by the University of the Arts, now has a manicured lawn and wooden benches nestled in a colorful garden. It was designed to reflect and accommodate its artistic neighbors.
The lot recently served as a venue for trapeze artists during the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and will continue to be a site for art performances and exhibitions through the summer and fall, as well as serving food and beverages. More
Cities across the U.S., including Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City, and Indianapolis, as well as cities in other countries are finding these mini-parks an important tool for shoring up green spaces in urban areas, and transforming vacant gray spaces into homes for trees, gardens, public gatherings, and just hanging out under the shade of a tree. More