Field Notes: Parklet – South Orange, New Jersey

Isaac Kremer/ September 17, 2020/ Field Notes, placemaking/ 0 comments

This very substantial parklet on South Orange Ave, just over a block away from the South Orange Performing Arts Center provides a nice outdoor seating area near restaurants. The tactical use of large concrete barriers buffers it from nearby parking and traffic on either end. Also, location near a pre-existing bump-out expands the public realm further out beyond the limits of the parklet proper. Use of plantings and benches immediately outside of storefronts further serve to frame the space.

Bump out and concrete barrier on one end.
Concrete barrier on the other end.
Meter hood for parklet also gives some guidelines for how to use the space.
Clever marketing tactic for local business to brand the parklet a “Stay-Cation Zone”
The bump out put to good use with planters defining the edge.
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A nationally recognized downtown revitalization leader, downtowns Isaac managed achieved $350 million of investment, 1,300 jobs created, and were 2X Great American Main Street Award Semifinalist and a 1X GAMSA winner in 2023. His work has been featured in Newsday, NJBIZ, ROI-NJ, TapInto, and USA Today. Isaac is a Main Street America Revitalization Professional (MSARP) with additional certifications from the National Parks Service, Project for Public Spaces, and the National Development Council.

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