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Lexington to open 1st "parklet" Friday

Posted by Brock Parker  June 27, 2013 04:12 PM

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Friday Lexington will officially open this “parklet," in place of two parking spots in Lexington Center. Photo by Brock Parker.

Lexington will open its first “parklet" in Lexington Center Friday, converting two parking spaces into a small park with seating and bike racks.

The town will hold a grand opening ceremony for the parklet at 1720 Massachusetts Ave. Friday at 9 a.m. in front of the Ride Studio Café, according to the town.

Richard Davey, the secretary of the state Department of Transportation, will be at the opening along with the state agency’s director of sustainable transportation, Catherine Cagle, town officials and State Sen. Ken Donnelly, according to the town.

Lexington’s Economic Development and Planning departments partnered with local businesses to create the semi-permanent structure that has been installed in the parking spots and will be open to the public through Nov. 1.

Boston is also planning to open three parklets this year.

“The goals of the parklet are to create fresh interest in the Center, enhance commerce, as well as encourage alternative modes of transportation through improved accomodations,” said Melisa Tintocalis, Lexington’s economic development director, in a press release announcing the parklet’s opening.

Last year, Lexington set up a bike corral in the same area as the parklet, and the town said it received positive feedback about the bicycle parking. Selectmen then decided to install a more permanent structure this year.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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