First Rochester parklet opens on University Ave.

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A defunct fire lane in Rochester has turned into a miniature park, known as a parklet.

Parklets are popular in large cities in the U.S. This is the first of its kind in Rochester.

It officially opened Friday morning in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters on University Avenue. A defunct fire lane was transformed into public green space and built-in seating. There is no charge to enjoy the area.

Its design also includes on-street parking, bicycle parking, and space for pop-up retail and food-vending services. 

This parklet combined the collaborative efforts of Staach Design, Slow Road Consulting, CCH Landscaping, the City of Rochester, and Joe Bean Coffee Roasters. 

The City of Rochester has also been working on the creation of a municipal parklet program to formulate new policy so additional ones can be built in the future.

For more information on the parklet, visit

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