We Made Our Goal: Let's STRETCH!
WOW! We are so grateful for the incredible support coming our way as we close in on the end of our Kickstarter Campaign. We DO have a STRETCH GOAL! Every extra dollar we raise will be used for one or more of these things--whaddaya say, can we hit $20,000???
- Special features on the parklet, like SOLAR POWER and a RECLAIMED WATER system.
- Additional funds for the DESIGNER-IN-RESIDENCE program, which will be launched this fall.
- Resources for OTHER groups interested in starting parklets in Raleigh!!
This really will be a GAME CHANGER in downtown. We are so grateful that YOU are part of it… let's set the bar VERY VERY HIGH for Raleigh parklets. YAY RALEIGH!
Raleigh’s First Community Parklet!
As Raleigh's inaugural parklet, raleigh [ ] space will be a beautiful place for the public to create, learn, relax and enjoy our city. The parklet will replace two parking spaces on Salisbury Street for at least one year, beginning in September. SO COOL!
You have a chance to be part of this EXCITING and NEWSWORTHY project as it unfolds throughout the summer. Please (1) donate, (2) help us get the word out, and (3) check out our WEBSITE for more information, specifics on rewards and lots of pictures!
Designed as a community effort among Deco Raleigh, faculty and students from the NCSU College of Design and members of the business community, raleigh [ ] space will be a fabulous, versatile space for public use.
What is it? it's a PARKLET: an extension of the sidewalk into existing parking spaces that creates a mini-park for pedestrians to enjoy. Parklets have been widely embraced by cool cities all over the world, and raleigh [ ] space will show off the creativity, collaborative nature and innovative spirit of OUR amazing town!
Your support will help make this happen. Already, dozens of businesses and individuals have contributed time, resources and ideas. Now we need your financial support to make the vision a reality AND to help start the parklet movement in Raleigh.
And check out the wonderful donor reward that have been donated by friends of Deco Raleigh and raleigh [ ] space! If you are interested in higher-level donations, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven't watched the video above, it tells most of the story about WHY we are so excited about this. Below you will find some background information, and you will find social medial links, LOTS more details, photos and videos on the raleigh [ ] space website. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
We see this as a community effort and hope that the raleigh [ ] space mission statement will resonate:
- embody and promote excellent design,
- showcase collaboration, ingenuity and creativity,
- offer functional space for pedestrians and cyclists,
- enhance and integrate with its environment,
- create a dynamic and noteworthy new destination in downtown,
- encourage the development of more parklets in Raleigh.
Our logo reflects our vision. This parklet is a space with endless possibilities. Beginning in September, it will house an ever-changing array of design installations. At the same time, it will include important basics, like a place to park bicycles and strollers, a dog-watering station. Insofar as it is possible, the parklet will be self-sustaining (reclaimed water, solar power).
As one of Raleigh’s first Parklets, this project will be truly innovative, creative and precedent-setting: a landmark in downtown Raleigh that people want to visit over and over again. Programming for the Parklet will be akin to programming for a traditional gallery: we intend to have installations and to support educators and a variety of designers with small honoraria.
We see this space becoming a focal point for our high-profile downtown block that is in the midst of a renaissance with incredible businesses including Deco Raleigh, Quercus, lucetteGrace, Death & Taxes, High Cotton, Nora & Nicky's, Capital Club 16, Garland, King's, Neptunes -- all sharing storefront space on Salisbury/Hargett/Martin streets.
This space will be open for public use, much like a public park. It might be a place to sip coffee in the morning, have an outdoor meeting in the afternoon and hear impromptu music in the evening. As the sponsoring business, Deco Raleigh will manage the space, including maintenance and programming.
We have been very purposeful in designing a space that focuses on community and not on promoting a single business—from how we named it to how we will manage the use of the space.
One of the greatest things about raleigh [ ] space is that the design is a full collaboration among the very best in our community: students, professionals, educators and entrepreneurs. When it opens in September, the space will consist of a structural base with temporary design elements extracted from ten student designs (watch the website for photos of those designs as they evolve!)
Our start-up story appears in the Bio section, and the team continues to grow as community organizations jump on board with innovative concepts that are congruous with our vision. The final design will be managed by the leadership team, with the goal of offering flexibility and adaptability so that community members, organizations and individual designers can use the space.
A unique and exciting feature of our plan is to offer opportunities designers, artists, musicians, builders, food growers, landscapers and educators to apply to use, adapt, modify or supplement this space. Murals, gardens, classroom activities, sculpture, small inventions, textiles... everything is game, and we want to offer honoraria to support these activities!!
An application process will be announced on the parklet website by September and the first designers will be invited to contribute this fall.
June 19: Students from NCSU College of Design landscape architecture graduate course will present final design concepts to a panel of community leaders and raleigh [ ] space partners. 11am-1pm at Deco Raleigh. Everyone is invited, and we'll be getting your feedback.
July 20: Kickstarter fundraising closes.
Late July: Final design & materials will be reviewed for permitting.
Early September: Grand Opening
Fall: First call for applications for Designers-in-Residence announced.
Our initial budget is very straightforward. All unused funds, including money raised beyond our goal, will be used for (1) additional funding for “designer in residence” honoraria AND (2) funding opportunities for FUTURE parklets in downtown Raleigh.
Materials: $5000 Our goal is to use reclaimed materials insofar as that is possible. A HUGE thanks to Empire Properties for helping us with this important aspect of our design, and we are very open to other collaborations and donations of building materials, plants/landscaping, lighting, water collection, solar power components and eco-friendly aspects of the design.
Designers In Residence: $5000 We will offer designers and educators the opportunity to apply for use of raleigh [ ] space for installations and/or programming.
Parking Fees: $5000 One of the City of Raleigh requirements is that parklets pay fees for displaced parking spaces. These fees are approximately $2500 per year, per space.
Admin, Permit & Miscellaneous Fees: $1500 This includes fees that will go to Kickstarter and credit card companies, permits, insurance riders and other miscellaneous fees.
If you feel like we do, that parklets will be a wonderful addition to the Raleigh community, then PLEASE DONATE WHAT YOU CAN. Part of our commitment on this project is to help make it easier for future parklet creators.
Our website includes sincere thanks to supporters and reward donors... please take a look. We would also like to express our deep gratitude to two business sponsors that have already shown incredibly generous support for raleigh [ ] space: Empire Properties and YellowDog : creative.
We want YOU to be part of the team!!! Thank you in advance for making a personally meaningful gift to support raleigh [ ] space. We can't wait to celebrate with you at the grand opening in September!! Be sure to check out our progress at raleighspace.org.
Risks and challenges
We are really excited about creating the first Parklet in Raleigh… not just because we are a bunch of over-achievers, but because it offers a chance to set the bar high. On the other hand, being first means that we’ll encounter challenges that perhaps can’t be anticipated. But hey, that gives us a chance to be creative problem solvers!
The Raleigh City Council approved the concept of Parklets as a desirable enhancement to Raleigh’s downtown. However, there will be bureaucracy to conquer and, perhaps, to challenge. To mitigate the challenges, we are working closely with city staff to anticipate requirements and address issues as they arise.
The fact that this installation will displace two parking spaces is almost certain to ruffle some feathers. To minimize the impact, we chose spaces that are less-often used than spaces on Hargett Street. Also, there has been a steady demand for bicycle parking on this block, so we have included a bike parking corral as part of the design.
While we are not naïve enough to think that our design will appeal to everyone, we do hope that the plan to have an ever-changing rotation of contributors will offer myriad opportunities for people with varying senses of style to enjoy raleigh [ ] space—much as they might enjoy an art gallery during specific exhibits, the theater for specific shows, or a garden during specific times of year.
We truly believe that this will be a great addition to Raleigh. But we also believe that collaboration must involve listening to everyone, and we will welcome feedback, ideas and (yes) even complaints as opportunities to improve the design and the process.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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