A Bowling Eco-friendly Condition College architectural style and design scholar, who is also a bicycle fanatic, is the brains behind the hottest parklet downtown.
Jason Woodcock is a common sight on his bicycle all around city.
“I bike except when the streets are covered in ice,” Woodcock mentioned.
His profitable parklet design and style encourages other folks to vacation to downtown Bowling Inexperienced by Woodcock’s chosen method of transportation. A bicycle rack operates 50 % the length of the parklet platform constructed-in seating and planters provide people a prospect to relaxation.
Woodcock built the parklet for the new Grounds for Believed Roaster on South Key Avenue. The expanded roasting spot is however under building and need to be finished afterwards this summer months.
In addition to the parklet’s bicycle rack, there is storage for longboards and skateboards below the planters.
“Bowling Environmentally friendly is a excellent bicycle town – and bicycles are a good way for pupils to travel downtown,” Woodcock reported. “I hope my parklet layout gets local community associates downtown to explore by all sorts of diverse modes of transportation.”
The parklets in downtown BG ended up designed by Ellen Fure Smith, artist and proprietor of Tiny Bare Home furniture and Parklet Challenge member, with the support of Woodcock and college students, school and personnel in the BGSU Faculty of Art’s Integrated Studio.
“Jason has been involved in all of the new parklet models this time. He has been a great resource as we express our tips and layouts to downtown merchants,” Smith explained. “I’m so grateful for all of Jason’s difficult work. The Parklet Task would not have gotten more than the complete line this period with out him.”
In April, the city’s a few primary parklets were being returned to downtown in front of the Grounds for Considered store, Juniper Brewing Enterprise and Kabob It. In May perhaps, parklets have been additional to North Principal Road in entrance of SamBs and Flatlands Espresso, and to South Principal Avenue in entrance of Novel Blends.
Flowers are popping up in the parklet planter boxes, planted by Sue Wolf and Wolf’s Blooms and Berries.
The Parklet Undertaking is a fundraising effort released in 2021 to assist downtown businesses install the city’s very first parklets. Together with assistance from a lot more than 70 people and community companies, this year’s parklets are being funded by a $50,000 grant by way of T-Mobile’s Hometown Grant Software. Bowling Environmentally friendly was one particular of just 25 communities nationwide to be awarded funds by that program.
Any individual seeking to assist potential parklets can do so by sending a contribution to “Downtown Basis Inc. – Parklets” c/o Jeff Dennis, PO Box 406, Bowling Environmentally friendly, Ohio 43402 or visiting downtownbgohio.org/parklet-challenge.