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Help us transform two parking spots along Commercial Drive into a new public space for all to enjoy.
150 backers pledged CA$ 5,940 to help bring this project to life.

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Due to a grant becoming unavailable, the Commercial Drive Parklet requires more funding than its initial Kickstarter goal of $3500. In order to fully fund the parklet, we need to raise $8,000. Please help us reach our goal by spreading the message!

We received feedback that the project could do more to expand its impact into the community. In response, we have added new and improved stretch goals:

IF YOU HELP US RAISE $5000 - We will train five youth in the community on laser etching/cutting, and coordinate a painted street mural in the neighbourhood!

IF YOU HELP US RAISE $8000 - We will train ten youth in the community on laser etching/cutting, coordinate a painted street mural in the neighbourhood, and host a parklet launch block party!

The Commercial Drive Parklet is one of a few projects selected as part of VIVA Vancouver’s 2013 Parklet Pilot Program. Unlike other parklets led by large architecture and landscape architecture firms, this is the only one undertaken by active residents of the project neighbourhood. 

VIVA Vancouver maintains strict rules that all parklets be open to the public, and free of any logos or branding. Everyone is invited to use the space, and no one can be denied access!

This project represents one heck of a collaborative effort! 

  • Steel fabrication will be completed by BCIT Ironwork students at the Burnaby Campus. 
  • The benches and tables will be built with students from Britannia Secondary School, who will be employed and given training in laser etching/cutting.
  • The team is working with public artist Jordan Bent to complete a laser etched art piece on the planter boxes of the parklet.
  • Laser etching will be completed by Derek Gaw, based out of the Vancouver Community Laboratory.
  • Parklet construction will be recorded in stop-motion by local photographer Eric Scott, and played in real-time at Prado Café. 
  • The project will be cleaned and loved by Prado Cafe, and enjoyed by YOU! 
Parklet Plan Drawing
Parklet Plan Drawing

VIVA Vancouver suggests that parklets cost between $10,000 and 20,000 to design and build. The Commercial Drive Parklet team has sought to strike a balance between design/material quality, collaboration costs, and total expenses to deliver a total budget of $14,000. Working with local artists, entrepreneurs, and youth can cost extra money - but we believe it's worth it!

The project has received $5000 in funding from the owner of Prado Cafe, as well as $1000 from the Awesome Foundation. 

Please be aware that VIVA requires local businesses to sponsor and maintain parklets. As part of Prado's contributions to the parklet, they must pay $1500 in up-front fees, plus a yearly fee towards the City.

The parklet has broad support by patrons of Prado café, as well as adjacent business owners, the Grandview Woodlands Community Policing Centre, Britannia Secondary School, and the Commercial Drive BIA. If you're still curious, check out some past work by the collaborators:

Julien's Park-a-Park project
Julien's Park-a-Park project
Jordan's Whispers Project
Jordan's Whispers Project
          
Julien's Late Nite Art
Julien's Late Nite Art

Thank you to Brinkman Urban Restoration for donating soil and plants towards the project. Please share our campaign with your friends!

Risks and challenges

The Commercial Drive Parklet team has received approval through the City's Engineering Department, and is committed to launching this new public space in March 2014. The final design is 95% completed - images shown are for concept purposes only.

Our team's background in the construction, architecture, maker, and community arts fields will help us overcome any challenges with creativity and professionalism.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    Coffee for One (drip, espresso, or americano coffee from Prado).

    PLUS your name laser etched in 15 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $15

    Coffee for Two (drip, espresso, or americano coffee from Prado).

    PLUS your name laser etched in 15 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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    Pledge CA$ 30 or more About $23

    Four coffee coasters made from reclaimed fir, laser etched with artist Jordan Bent's parklet planter design.

    PLUS your name laser etched in 15 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    Hand printed T-shirt with Commercial Drive Parklet architectural design.

    PLUS your name laser etched in 30 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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    Pledge CA$ 80 or more About $61

    Julien comes to your house and serves coffee for four, cleans your dishes and walks your dog.

    PLUS your name laser etched in 30 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $114

    Your name laser etched in 150 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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    Pledge CA$ 350 or more About $266

    Learn to pour the perfect espresso from Sammy Piccolo, owner of Prado Cafe and four-time top three ranked barista, World Barista Championships. Limit two people per session.

    PLUS your name laser etched in 75 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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    Pledge CA$ 2,200 or more About $1,675

    Custom designed steel and reclaimed fir parklet picnic table delivered to your door.

    PLUS your name laser etched in 75 point font onto a parklet cedar plank and hung from the Prado Cafe wall.

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