EAST VILLAGE SAN DIEGO
This urban initiative is called, Pocket Park, and is a free community gathering space. The Pocket Park is part of a larger movement called, place making, which looks to transform spaces throughout Downtown into lively, engaging areas.
Open space is at a premium in urban centers such as Downtown San Diego so it is critical to find ways to maximize the use of those spaces. To accomplish this, HP Investors worked with the Downtown San Diego Partnership, the East Village Association and RAD Lab’s architecture and development team to deliver a unique urban park.
To bring this space to life HP Investors commissioned RAD Lab to create a one-year instillation that would be a value added amenity for the community. The predesign process asked the community, what they wanted in the space. The responses were clear, they wanted a green space to socialize and interact. The RAD Lab design team went to work and with input from the local community the design was set. The design team used as many sustainable products as possible featuring more than 300 recycled pallets.
The space is overseen by the San Diego Downtown Partnership’s Clean & Safe program to ensure that it is well maintained and safe. RAD Lab is always looking for new creative ways to engage the community.
This pocket park is a great demonstration of how collaboration and creativity can quickly and inexpensively transform space.