Parklets Add Green Space to the Streets of St. Pete

St. Pete is replete with green space. You can acquaint yourself with gators, spiders, squirrels and mythic avian creatures at Boyd Hill; North Shore Park and Lassing offer plenty of space to simply relax beneath the luminescent Florida sun; Weedon Island Preserve offers panoramic views of Tampa Bay with plenty of trails to jog on.

Pop up parks a possibility downtown 

Love for a quiet, open air respite from the bustle of the city is ubiquitous in the Sunshine City. Soon, mini parks could pop up on the streets of St. Pete.

On Monday, August 14 Florida Consumer Action Network Foundation will teach residents how cities across the country are creating “parklets” to make their streets more livable for people of all ages. So, what is a parklet?

A parklet is a sidewalk extension that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. They’re typically found in parking lanes taking up several spots.

Landscape architects to explain the benefits of parklet projects

During the event, landscape architects Tony Monk and Brian Cook will present what parklets are, their benefits, and parklet projects in the Tampa Bay area. Organizers will also share opportunities for you to bring parklets and other fun pop-up projects to St. Pete this fall.

The event runs from 6-7:15pm at the AARP Florida State Office, 360 Central Avenue.

Where would you like to see a parklet pop up in St. Pete?

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: