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Parking spot ‘parklets’ to debut in Mission Hill and JP by early September

San Francisco’s 38 ‘parklets’ convert parking spots into outdoor seating areas.
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Parklets — the oh-so-adorable name for metamorphosed parking spots — will make an appearance in Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill in the next month.

City officials have been working for more than a year to design a plan for the mini-parks, which use two adjacent parking spots to create small patio platforms to stand flush with the sidewalk. They will be open from mid-spring to late fall, and will feature potted plants, tables and chairs, and public art.

The Jamaica Plain parklet will be installed on Aug. 30 at 351 Centre St., in front of Sonia’s Bridal & Quinceañera and Tacos El Charro .

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The Mission Hill parklet will reside at 1528 Tremont St., in front of Lilly’s Gourmet Pasta Express and Mike’s Donuts ., and is scheduled to debut before Sept. 6.

Those businesses have agreed to oversee maintenance of the parklets. Boston Transportation Department officials are planning additional parklets for Allston and Fort Point in South Boston.

Last year, officials estimated the parklets would cost $12,000 apiece. Friday, Tracey Ganiatsos, spokeswoman for the transportation department, said the Jamaica Plain and Mission Hill patios would cost the city $15,000-$25,000 each for design, materials and installation. Officials hope local businesses will foot the bill for additional mini-parks around the city.

Last summer, the parklets idea garnered mixed reviews from residents, some of whom were leery of the notion of trading hard-to-come-by parking spots for outdoor seating.

Lexington installed a parklet earlier this summer. San Francisco has thirty-eight.

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