Photograph 2006 by Jacqueline Banerjee
As I write Pocket Parks of NYC, I obviously continue to research other cities for other books. It was during one of these research sessions that I found this cool program sponsored by the Mayor of London. Here’s the blurb from their website:
The Pocket Parks Programme is part of the Mayor’s London’s Great Outdoors - the initiative to improve streets, squares, parks, and canal and riverside spaces across London. The Pocket Parks Programme aims to deliver 100 new or enhanced pocket parks across London by March 2015.
Applicants can apply for up to £50,000 to clean up existing spaces that have been poorly maintained or create a green space out of underused space. Projects must be hosted by a London borough. The deadline for the first round of applications has passed, but this is definitely a project to keep on my radar.
The more parks I discover in Manhattan, the more I see the value of maintaining these green spaces and creating new ones. I love cities, but no one can deny it’s wonderful to come upon a little piece of the country in the midst of all of that concrete and steel, traffic noise and crowds.
I can’t wait to explore these spaces when London has finished with them.
© 2013 Rosemary O’Brien of Pocket Parks Publishing, LLC