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Boston Seaport Adds Outdoor Parklets

A parklet located on Northern Avenue in Seaport / Photo courtesy of Boston Seaport by WS Development

Boston – Three new parklets have been added to WS Development’s Boston Seaport.

One parklet is located on Northern Avenue outside of Caffe Nero; another is on Boston Wharf Road by Aceituna Grill and the new Madras Dosa Co. (opening later this month); and the third is on Pier 4 Boulevard near Helly Hansen. Each parklet features brightly colored and well-appointed design and spans 40 x 8 feet in size. They will be in place through October 2021 with plans to return annually.

Boston Seaport collaborated with Boston-based Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture (KZLA) to create the parklets, and with Crystal Mills and Colleen Dunleavy of Love Child, a Boston-based company, on a colorful “flower pop” installation to welcome the parklets to the neighborhood.

The parklets feature a playful color palette with a light green pergola providing shade; pale pink, yellow, and blue furniture; and an abundance of greenery. Visitors can opt to sit on one of three modern swing chairs by Kettal, or at a picnic table by sustainable Scandinavian furniture brand, Vestre. Small cubes by Site Design can be used as seating or as side tables.

Each parklet accommodates 13-14 guests and includes built in bicycle racks and window boxes filled with greenery.

“Seaport’s new parklets are a great example of how we can beautify our cities and enhance the quality of the public realm in our neighborhood. WS adopts a people-first philosophy, so creating pedestrian-friendly, welcoming experiences in the Seaport is of paramount importance. We are grateful for the collaboration of KZLA and our partners in city government in helping to bring these moments of joy and respite to the neighborhood, and we hope that all will enjoy them,” says Yanni Tsipis, senior vice president at WS Development.

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