Side street parking spaces are at a premium in downtown D.C. (especially for carseat-toting families), and to lose two of them in one clean swoop may sound catastrophic…that is unless you transform those spaces into a mini interactive park, which is exactly what Golden Triangle BID (the biz development arm that works to amp up the 43 blocks between the White House and Dupont Circle ) did.

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It’s Interactive
The parklet (aka parKIT, a “toolkit for D.C. parklets”), which will stay open through October, features blocks that your pint-sized builder can rearrange to their liking. There are also funky triangle planters set at different heights that serve as barricades between traffic and are perfectly cheery for Instagram photo ops.

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Mark Your Calendar
The goal of the parklet program–expect to see more of them popping up–is to provide parkland or natural space within a 10-minute walk of all residents by 2032. Yes, please. And just like any other park in the DMV, this little oasis hosts weekly activities (Tuesdays at 12 pm) throughout the summer with a kid-friendly theme of “Making the City.” One week, for example, visitors can doodle their own ideas for future parklets.

People in parKIT

When to Go
Here’s the catch: This particular micro-park is located in an office district. You may want to skip the weekday lunch crunch, and bring kiddos here for an urban picnic on the weekends or during the week on off hours.

ParKIT
2020 K St., NW (Farraguat West)
Online: goldentriangledc.com

Have you ever hung out at a mini-park? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below. 

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady

Photos: Golden Triangle DC