Boston Society of Landscape Architects Fund
Kit of Parks
Kit of Parks (KoP) is a portable kit of parts to build a park. Inspired by pop-up parklets, KoP adds a twist to temporary placemaking: it is packable, lightweight, and mobile. Designed to serve low-income families living near under-programmed public parks in Boston's neighborhoods, KoP is contained within a 4'x6' carrier and can be hitched to the back of a bicycle for easy transport. KoP is made up of 63 plastic pieces and includes games, play blocks, stools, and a table. KoP can be unpacked in under 5 minutes and injects an immediate dose of color, whimsy, and experimental fun wherever it is parked.
KoP has partnered with the City of Boston's Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, and the Franklin Park Coalition to pilot test KoP within Franklin Park, in Boston, MA. Franklin Park is a 485 acre park that serves multiple, diverse neighborhoods, including communities with the lowest availability of park amenities in the city. Franklin Park is a popular destination for families but because of its large size, many locations within the park lack opportunities for play. KoP will be stored within Franklin Park and frequently deployed to bring play opportunities to less activated locations in the park.
KoP is an instant conversation starter about the power of turning underutilized urban environments into platforms for public play experimentation. KoP will engage Boston's neighborhoods, big and small, in creating new opportunities for how to activate parks and create meaningful moments for play in unexpected places. Where should we park next?!
- Nina Chase