Finalists in the “Moving Parklet” Design Challenge have been selected, and now the public gets to weigh in on which team should win $5,000 to construct its design via a Facebook poll.
The three finalists in the competition are: The Boardroom, submitted by the team of Kate Goodson, Scott Hook and Joshua Larson; Urban Nook, submitted by Lili Lotfizadeh; and Contoured Curves by Christopher Voltl.
The city of San Diego and the Downtown San Diego Partnership sponsored the competition to help deliver a mobile parklet, which is a small, innovative park that can move from location to location and help enliven and activate the downtown community. Parklets -- tiny parks found in former parking spots and other tight spaces -- are part of an international trend toward rethinking how space is used in densely populated areas.
The winning design will be announced on Sept. 3, and the built parklet will be unveiled on Sept. 19 as part of PARK(ing) Day, an international event that encourages people to temporarily transform parking spaces into mini-parks.
After the unveiling, the moving parklet will be used in public areas and legally permitted parking spaces throughout downtown San Diego to add a new and unique gathering space for the community.