Public Parklet

Designed in collaboration with the Emily Morishita and Ray Dang, these signs were created for the first parklets in Downtown Los Angeles, a pilot program on Spring Street initiated by the Downtown LA Neighborhood Council (DLANC). These mini-parks extend from the sidewalk by taking up two street parking spaces each.

While nearby businesses were worried about enforcing the rules of no smoking, sleeping, or loud music in the space, the parklets were a new concept for the area, and it was also important for them to be inclusive and inviting. The signs needed to let people know that the parklets were public parks for all, not property of adjacent businesses.

We humorously illustrated the “do’s and don’ts” of the space, and since the parklets are adjacent to a bike lane, there is also a sign that shows the amount of time it takes to bike to nearby neighborhoods, as well as some data and information to encourage longer bike trips.