January 28, 2020
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Pop Up ‘parklet’ encourages play at Bath Art Walk

Community Author: Lindsey Goudreau
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City of Bath | Contributed
City of Bath | Contributed

BATH — A partnership between merchants and businesses on upper Front Street in Bath is transforming parking spots into versatile mini-parks during this summer’s Art Walk series. The Upper Front Street “Parklet” will pop up in a different parking space each Art Walk, offering attendees the ability to rest on a bench, paint a picture, play a lawn game, or chat with local artists.

The parklet concept originated in San Francisco where, for the length of on time on a parking meter, parking spaces were converted into much-desired mini-parks. The idea quickly gained popularity across the country and has spurred some cities to implement longer-term and seasonal parklets as a way to boost Main Street business activities while queuing up funding for future streetscape enhancements.

The initiative in Bath is being spearheaded by the founders of Union + Co, who opened Bath’s first coworking business in this downtown this spring. By working collaboratively with regular Art Walk participants, Now You’re Cooking, Markings Gallery and Bath Printing Company on promotion and education, they hope the parklets will bring excitement, energy, and beautification to upper Front Street. It’s a great example of the many ways residents of Bath are spurring creativity and innovation in their City.

Upper Front Street Parklet will be popping up on Friday, July 19, Aug. 16, and Sept. 20. Café Crème, Front Street Barber Shop, and Union + Co will support Now You’re Cooking, Marking Gallery, Bath Printing Company, and Art Walk by staying open for extended hours on these days.

For more information, please contact Vanessa L. Farr at 207-671-7885.