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Multiple Visions for a Vacant Lot

Architect and Chelsea resident James Khamsi, of FIRM a.d., designed three renderings offering different scenarios for turning a city-owned lot into a “pocket park.” This option depicts plans for a community gathering space and small children's playground.   Photo courtesy of the artist

Architect and Chelsea resident James Khamsi, of FIRM a.d., designed three renderings offering different scenarios for turning a city-owned lot into a “pocket park.” This option depicts plans for a community gathering space and small children’s playground. Photo courtesy of the artist

April 30’s “Picture Your Park” event, held from 6-8pm at the sympathetic Lyons Wier Gallery (542 W. 24th St.), contemplated a variety of scenarios for turning the city-owned lot at 136 W. 20th St. into a quarter-acre “pocket park.” Nearly three years since Friends of 20th Street Park (20thstreetpark.org) launched their campaign, the city-owned lot, according to the group, “sits locked and empty — a shameful lost opportunity to bring desperately needed open and green space to the people of Chelsea.” At the event, several design scenarios were offered up, and a 3-D design “Make Your Own Park” kiosk encouraged attendees to do just that. “Friends” representative Matt Weiss called the evening a “conversation-starting event, meant to spark creativity.” Elected officials will ultimately decide if the space becomes a respite for residents and families in the high-density neighborhood, or is used for much-needed affordable housing. Look for a full report on the free-flowing ideas and opinions that came out of “Picture Your Park,” in the next issue of Chelsea Now.

2 Responses to Multiple Visions for a Vacant Lot

  1. rscoach May 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    My cousins were very active in organizing Friends of 20th Street Park – hope the park happens – it's really needed here!

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  2. Kathryn Nocerino May 2, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    There is no need to choose between Affordable Housing and this desperately needed park. The community has provided our elected officials with a list of 30 derelict properties in Chelsea. Each of these buildings could become prime residential real estate but are instead allowed to deteriorate. Our elected officials may be poised to build on the last green space in Chelsea rather than take the green route of maximizing usage of available housing stock. Some politically connected contractor stands to benefit, and as usual, Chelsea stands to lose!

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