Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France is hosting a parklet: a fun, interactive public space for seating and a place for gathering. The project team of building owners, landscape architects, and contractors have assembled all the funds, plans, and skills to frame the parklet, build the benches, and fill the planters. This parklet will be among the first to be built under the VIVA Vancouver Parklet Pilot Program, launched in June 2013.
The chocolaterie will sponsor and maintain the parklet, but shop owner Anne-Geneviève Poitras needs your help to Kickstart extra features for this fully public space. With your help, it will also be the first parklet in North America to have a BIKE BAR.
Spanning two parking stalls, the parklet will bridge the boulevard and extend to the sidewalk. With installation anticipated in the new year, it is with excitement that we welcome a public space for the community to enjoy throughout the seasons!
We Need Your Support
NEW FEATURE: Local illustrator Chris Cooper will be creating a display to be part of the community art wall. Through visual storytelling, we will collect feedback from residents in the neighbourhood to shape and inform the final illustration for the wall.
We need your help in making the BIKE BAR and ART WALL features a reality. Your contribution will go toward material costs of the bike bar and art wall, as well as two large heavy duty umbrellas.
We have inherited a vintage Fleetwing bicycle, known as the "Green Envy," which will be an art sculpture at the bike bar and a wheeled seat for those in need.
The shop is a destination for some, a fortuitous find for others, and a friendly neighbourhood stop for many! Drop by to visit, and you'll see families and friends sipping hot chocolate in the winter and savouring gelato in the summer.
Our dedication to bringing the streets to life include participating in Main Street Car Free Day, PARK(ing) Day, ShopMain.ca, and other events such as Roam Main and the Drift. This year’s Car Free Day announced our modest corner as “The French Quarter,” inspiring this campaign's name.
Rewards Sneak Peek
Tradeworks is a community impact social enterprise located in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Since 1994, Tradeworks has provided carpentry training, life skills, and transitional employment to at-risk youth and inner-city women with multiple barriers to employment. Each item in their shop represents the hopes and dreams of someone grateful for a second chance in life.
Decking and Boulevard Support
Bike Bar Support
If successful, we will be working with a local bicycle shop to restore the Green Envy and Vancouver Cycle Chic to perfect the bike bar design.
Campaign Videographer: Gp Mendoza
Risks and challenges
The French Quarter Parklet is 100% funded with the exception of the bike bar and additional features as presented in the video. Issuing of the parklet permit is anticipated shortly with fabrication of the parklet to begin in January 2014. A prototype of the bike bar is required in order to be included in the final product and will be reviewed by VIVA Vancouver following installation of the parklet. If approved, the bike bar and umbrellas funded through this campaign will be added as an enhancement to the parklet.
Our parklet team consists of skilled designers, landscapers, and master carpenters who are capable of fulfilling any challenges associated with the fabrication and installation of the parklet. With over 30 years of experience in landscape architecture, PWL Partnership has provided design services pro bono and Holland Landscapers will install the decking pro bono under the direction of an employee residing in the neighbourhood. Living next door to the shop, owner Anne-Geneviève will be responsible for maintenance of the parklet throughout the seasons. 100% revenue of the fabrication of the parklet by Tradeworks will be invested back into training and support programs for at-risk youth with multiple barriers to employment.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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