Parklet Collage

Princeton Parklet in front of small world coffee, June – October 2015

In May of 2015, Princeton’s first “parklet” was installed. Also known as “street seats,” parklets provide a means for the community, artists, art organizations, schools, residents and business owners to participate in designing and repurposing a parking space into a public art-based space. Located in front of small world coffee on Witherspoon Street, the Princeton Parklet is the first of its kind in Princeton!

When approached by Mayor Liz Lempert to create a parklet similar to those in major cities including New York and San Francisco, ACP Artistic Director, Maria Evans, assembled a team of skilled experts in their field to tackle the project. From its official opening reception on June 4 to the closing celebration on October 5, the community enjoyed the parklet, sitting on handmade benches and sharing time with their neighbors and friends.

Media Coverage:
ACP Announces Opening Of First-Ever Princeton Parklet
Meter Has Always Been Full At Princeton’s First Parklet, Town Topics
Parking meter buys time for on-street art exhibit, Newsworks.org
Greg Napolitan’s Massive Wood Benches Invite Parklet Visitors To Take A Break, Town Topics
A Parklet? A Whatlet, by Maria Evans

Parklet logo

Princeton Parklet Collaborators
“A wonderful group of collaborators had a hand in creating the Princeton Parklet,” said Evans, notably:

  • The Arts Council of Princeton
  • small world coffee owner, Jessica Durrie
  • Architect Kirsten Thoft
  • Lee Solow, Planning Director of the Municipality of Princeton
  • Stuart Country Day School
  • Princeton Public Works crew
  • George Akers of Material Design Build
  • Matt Stires of Material Design Build
  • Mike Hathaway of Revival Construction Co
  • Landscape artist Peter Soderman

The crew from Princeton Public Works installing one of the beautiful benches hand-made for the Parklet.

The crew from Princeton Public Works installing one of the beautiful benches hand-made for the Parklet.

From left to right- Jeff Nathanson, Mayor Liz Lempert, Kirsten Thoft, ____, Mark Germond, Jessica Durrie, Mike Hathaway, John LeMasney, Maria Evans

From left to right- Jeff Nathanson, Mayor Liz Lempert, Kirsten Thoft, Grace Freundlich, Mark Germond, Jessica Durrie, Mike Hathaway, John LeMasney, Maria Evans

From left to right- George Akers, Kirsten Thoft, Matt Stires

From left to right- George Akers, Kirsten Thoft, Matt Stires