What is a Parklet?

Parklets are small public parks that aim to improve the pedestrian experience in urban neighborhoods to create safer, cleaner, greener, friendlier, and more walkable communities. Parklets, such as the one on Bethlehem’s Broad St., are usually installed within the area of a single parking space, extending the sidewalk outward to include more green space and…

Project Overview

“The trust of a city street is formed over time from many, many little public sidewalk contacts… Most of it is ostensibly trivial but the sum is not trivial at all.” ― Jane Jacobs Parklets are an extension of the sidewalk that takes the place of one or more parking spots in order to create more…

Press Conference (6/20)

We’re having a public press conference this coming Wednesday from 10:00 AM – 11:00 to provide an overview of the Lehigh Valley Parklet project. You are invited to come to hear about why parklets matter for the Lehigh Valley. The press conference is free and open to the public, but please register if you plan on…

Project Methodology

Given our team’s goal of improving the pedestrian experience in the Broad St. neighborhood, it is important for us to collect data that speaks to pedestrian concerns. We used data collection tools designed to capture local perceptions of the Broad St., including the visitors’ sense of safety and comfort. Our data collection process consists of two key…

News Coverage: Lehigh Valley Live

On June 7, 2018, lehighvalleylive published “Want more seating in downtown Bethlehem? This parklet could save the day” covering our Broad St. parklet installation.  Reporting on the aim of the project, Marisa Iati writes: The reviews last year were mixed: The parklets were either great places to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine or eyesores tarnishing…