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‘Parklets’ to debut in Mission Hill, JP by early September

Philadelphia unveiled its first parklet in 2011. The tiny park was built in an area formerly occupied by parking spaces.

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Philadelphia unveiled its first parklet in 2011. The tiny park was built in an area formerly occupied by parking spaces.

Parklets — the oh-so-adorable name for metamorphosed parking spots — will make an appearance in Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill in the next month.

City officials have been working for more than a year to design a plan for the miniparks, which will fill two adjacent parking spots with small patio platforms that will stand flush with the sidewalk. They will be open from now until Thanksgiving and subsequently from mid-spring to late fall and will feature potted plants, tables and chairs, and public art.

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The Jamaica Plain parklet will be installed Aug. 30 at 351 Centre St., in front of Sonia’s Bridal & Quinceañera and Tacos El Charro . The Mission Hill parklet will be located at 1528 Tremont St., in front of Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express and Mike’s Donuts, and is scheduled to debut before Sept. 6.

Those businesses have agreed to oversee maintenance of the parklets. Boston Transportation Department officials are planning additional parklets for Allston and Fort Point in South Boston.

Last year, officials estimated the parklets would cost $12,000 each. On Friday, Tracey Ganiatsos, spokeswoman for the Transportation Department, said the Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill patios would cost the city $15,000 to $25,000 each for design, materials, and installation. Officials hope that local businesses will foot the bill for additional miniparks around the city.

Last summer, the parklets idea garnered mixed reviews from residents, some of whom were leery of the notion of trading hard-to-come-by parking spots for outdoor seating.

Lexington installed a parklet earlier this summer. San Francisco has 38.

Martine Powers can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @martinepowers.
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