Pocket parks are a great way to transform a small area of concrete, awkward or underused space in an urban environment into a gathering place for the surrounding community. They serve as a place for people to relax, enjoy, socialize, play, and exercise and require very little space to accommodate all of these activities. Here are three pocket parks that have utilized compact spaces to the best of their ability. 

Rotary Centennial Park

Rotary Centennial Park

Rotary Centennial Park is a unique mini park/parklet/pocket park sitting on 1.2 acres in Long Beach, California. This mini park has a lot of amenities that target people of all ages and interests – a true characteristic of why mini parks are so valuable. It features art installations, playground equipment, a basketball court, a gazebo and more! 

Boyd Jackson Park

Boyd-Jackson Park

Boyd-Jackson Park is the poster child for good things coming in small sizes. A 4,000 square foot park, Takoma Park in Maryland put kids first in this family-oriented and playful design. From tire swings, a climbing net, and a playground to a gazebo for picnics and parents, this pocket park is a perfect demonstration of not letting small spaces stop the fun.

fox and laurel park

Fox & Laurel Park and Community Garden

Fox & Laurel Park and Community Garden is a pocket park nestled in a quiet community in San Fernando, California. This pocket park focused on providing the community with lush gardens, various outdoor fitness parks, and areas for children to play. There is something for everybody at Fox & Laurel Park!


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