COURTESY: SIMON WILLIAMS
Friday, April 17, 2015 | 3:22 p.m.
What would the world look like if parking spaces were made for people rather than cars?
Nevada’s first pop-up park seeks to answer that question. Located downtown near Carson Avenue and 6th Street, Parklet Vegas provides a space for up to 10 people to lounge on stools, play games checked out from a surrounding business or entertain themselves with animal factoids engraved on movable seats.
Dubbed “The Waiting Game” by Parklet creator John Curran, the space can also be seen as a communal expansion of surrounding businesses. Acting as outdoor seating for customers to eat, wait for tables or enjoy a juice, Parklet should provide a small economic boost to the area, Curran said.
Looking over the neat construction site, the 120-square-foot project seems relatively simple. But between fundraising, manufacturing and installation, the whole process took about a year. Although Curran was hesitant to give an exact cost of the entire project, constructing a parklet typically costs about the same as a sedan, according to Ken McCown, chairman of landscape architecture at Iowa State University.
Construction will take place Saturday and should be completed by 5 p.m. Once finished, a small unveiling ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday.