My son and I were happy to discover the new Curb’d parklets while on an adventure in Covington. These mini parks temporarily take up one parking space and redefine what could exist in the dimensions of a single parking space with an incredible range of creativity.
The first one we stumbled upon was located in front of Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe at 323 W. 6th St.
So what is Curb’d?
Curb’d creates immersive public experiences in the area of a parking space. The goals of Curb’d are to support the business districts in urban Covington by promoting walkability, connectivity, and placemaking and to showcase the region’s design talent through quasi-temporary public installations.
Parklets are a temporary use of a parking space within the public right of way that creates a more pedestrian-friendly environment and expands the social-life of the street.
My son had a blast playing music on this parklet. He was even joined by another musician who wanted in on the action.
We were given a Curb’d card from the shop owner at Stoney’s Village Toy Shoppe that gave us an extra incentive to find the other 4 parklets. After you get a sticker from each location, you can take advantage of the rewards offered from each business.
Our second parklet to discover was located in front of Left Bank Coffeehouse at 701 Greenup St.
The fourth parklet that we visited was in front of Braxton Brewing Co. located at 27 W. St.
You can pedal fast and catch a flick at this parklet. I recommend checking this one out at night because it’s hard to see during the day.
So why should you check out all of the Curb’d parklets?
- It’s a fun way to support the community.
- They encourage creativity.
- They are interactive at any age.
- You might get ideas to try at home.
- They redefine a single parking spot and what’s possible in a small space.
I really loved this concept. I hope that we see more of the popping up all over the city in the future.