Envision Downtown’s New “Mobile Parklet” Fascinating Pittsburghers

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Something new has popped up in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Some people walk by and think they know what it is; but then, upon closer inspection, they realize they have no idea.

When people walk by, they think the big yellow thing now parked on Fourth Avenue near Grant Street is just a big trash bin or something that’s related to a construction project.

“At first, I just thought it was a regular dumpster,” said one man.

But now, it’s time to unravel the mystery.

If you check it out from the other side, you’ll get a whole new prospective. There’s a nice clean bench and some beautiful flowers.

“Ii think it’s a revitalized dumpster,” said another man.

He’s close. It is made out of a dumpster, but the group, Envision Downtown, prefers to call it a “Mobile Parklet.”

Envision Downtown says it’s a quick and easy way to add new green space downtown, and also give people a spot to stop and relax in some shade.

They’ll keep it near Oxford Center, where it’s not taking up any public parking spaces, for a few more weeks. Then, they will find someplace else for it.

“I think it’s a really creative way to try to bring people together and bring a little nature into the city,” said one person.

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Envision Downtown is a joint project of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the mayor’s office. For more information on the group, visit Envision Downtown’s website here.

They are welcoming suggestions for places for the parklet to visit.

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