New Partners Takes the “Parklet” Indoors!


Minneapolis installation during 2008 Park(ing) Dayimage:
Minneapolis installation during 2008 Park(ing) Day

New Partners for Smart Growth
Kansas City, February 7-9, 2013

This year, the New Partners Conference makes its way to America’s heartland—Kansas City, Missouri.  In addition to the 90 sessions and close to 400 speakers, there are a number of special features: optional workshops, networking activities, and special events. The following may be of interest to many of our PPN members:

In recent years, a number of communities have begun experimenting with “parklets” – temporarily turning the asphalt of parking spaces into small, on-the-street spots of greenery and seating – to enliven the streetscape experience and provide more outdoor seating for restaurants and cafes. The New Partners conference will showcase five parklet model experiences inside the Kansas City Convention Center, to demonstrate for participants what a parklet is, and how it can transform a couple of under-utilized parking spaces into exciting opportunities for creating more vibrant (parking) spaces in your community.

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