Inspired by the outpourings of support issuing forth from Swamplot’s comments section for the city’s new smallest park ever, the folks behind the parklet on 19th St. have sent in a bunch of photos of the completed project outside a Heights mattress store — including the aerial drone’s-eye view above, which was taken shortly before Thursday’s inauguration ceremony attended by the mayor, a few city councilmembers, and a couple of boy-scout-uniformed salesmen from an adjacent shop who roasted s’mores for the occasion.
The parklet — the first officially permitted one in the city — was created by Jenny Janis, Jose Martinez and Heath Brodie, all working out of the Kirby Dr. storefront of New Living, which initiated and funded the project. The team’s major design challenge — outside of braving traffic to shoo cars away from the parking space in front of the New Living Bedroom store at 321 W. 19th St. — was building the steel frame to fit on the uneven parking surface, support the planters, and keep the parklet’s wooden deck level and flush with the sidewalk. They then fitted it with reclaimed woods, reclaimed soil, and recently generated plants. A shade structure blocks afternoon sun from the western side of the seating area.
By agreement with the city, New Living will be responsible for maintaining the 125-sq.-ft. installation.
- The city’s newest green space takes over 125-square-foot parking spot [Prime Property]
- Houston’s tiniest park: City’s first parklet rises from one converted asphalt parking space [Culturemap]
- Previously on Swamplot: Houston’s First Official Parklet Is Now Resting Outside a 19th St. Mattress Store
Photos: Adam Brackman (aerial); Lauren Tennet (second from top); New Living (all others)