Boston is developing “parklets” – small pocket parks out of parking spaces – throughout the downtown neighborhoods, according to the Boston Globe. The city has budgeted for multiple parklets, including one in the North End at Bartlett Place that is currently a wide alley space intersecting with Salem Street on the corner by Terramia Ristorante.
Boston is developing its parklets – as open to the public as any park, but removable in winter -at the same time officials are eyeing orphaned or awkward road segments to create larger and more permanent “pocket parks.’’ Joanne Massaro, Boston’s public works commissioner, said the city is hunting for similarly orphaned blocks, “areas that are not exactly no-man’s land but where we think we could create unique gathering places.’’
In 2010, local artist Nathan Swain painted this unused planter at Bartlett Place. The area now also has some artwork on the wall by Terramia, but remains mostly empty. The new pocket park at Bartlett Place would include benches and planters in a patio-type setup.