The owners of the bakery Hewn have launched a Kickstarter campaign to turn a parking space in front of their Dempster Street shop into Evanston’s first parklet.
They’re seeking to raise $14,000 to turn a 20-minute parking space in front of the year-old bakery at 810 Dempster St. into a spot where neighbors could gather and chat — whether or not they happen to have just bought a pastry or coffee from the bakery.
The parking space that could become a parklet (Google Maps image).
The parklet concept has caught on in a number of other cities — especially on the west coast — and Chicago’s first parklet opened in the Andersonville neighborhood in 2012.
Working with the city and local architects at Petrick Architecture, Hewn owners Ellen King and Julie Matthei are hoping to have the parklet installed by mid-July, assuming enough funds are contributed by the Kickstarter deadline of June 25.
Watch their video pitch for the parklet
You can join the Kickstarter campaign here.