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Downtown Project to debut first 'parklet'

LAS VEGAS - The Downtown Project is introducing a new hangout spot where people can meet and greet while sitting on the street.

The Downtown Project is launching the first “parklet” in Las Vegas. It resembles a typical sitting area, but this one is positioned on the street on top of a parking space.

The idea started in San Francisco and has gained national attention.

John Curran is with the Downtown Project. He created the city's parklet. He says the purpose is to address the shortage of parks in downtown Las Vegas.

He says the parklet transforms an existing parking space into a lounge area that is outfitted with chess and checkers for anyone to use.

“It's mainly a place for the community, for people like you or me walking by who want a place to hangout,” he said. “There's not a whole lot of park space here in downtown Las Vegas. So – granted this is only 160 square feet; it's not a huge addition – but it certainly begins to address that shortage.”

Curran says planning for the project started more than a year ago and took more than 1,000 hours to design and build from start to finish.

He says he hopes this is the start of a trend in Las Vegas, and he says he hopes to introduce more parklets in our area.


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