Main Street Now Session Preview: Pocket Parks, New Third Places in Challenged Neighborhoods

January 30, 2019 | Main Street Now Session Preview: Pocket Parks, New Third Places in Challenged Neighborhoods |


Photo Credit: Tim McCollow

Main Street Now Session Preview

Register now to join UrbanMain at the 2019 Main Street Now Conference in Seattle, Wash., March 25-27. From now until March, we’ll be giving you a preview of educational sessions geared towards larger cities and neighborhood districts. Make sure to check-out the line-up of sessions in our UrbanMain track, focusing on topics important to those working in neighborhood commercial districts in larger cities. In each issue of Neighborhood News, we’ll highlight one session to prepare you for the types of conversations and ideas ripe for discussion.

If your district and the surrounding neighborhoods are eager to create new destinations and utilize vacant lots, check out “Pocket Parks – New Third Places in Challenged Neighborhoods.” As presenter Tim McCollow notes, “We consider vacant lots to now be an asset, not a liability, as catalytic tools for creating green pocket parks, aiding our current work on climate change adaption strategies and greater healthy food access as we create new neighborhood town commons." Read on for more information!

Pocket Parks - New Third Places in Challenged Neighborhoods
The City of Milwaukee’s HOME GR/OWN initiative has successfully transformed City-owned vacant lots into over 35 new green, third spaces in just the last four years, in Milwaukee’s most challenged neighborhoods, with limited city funding and staffing, and has received significant national attention, book mentions and awards. Learn the key components behind HOME GR/OWN’s “secret sauce” that creates beautiful, sustainable green, healthy spaces on commercial corridors and in residential neighborhoods, creating green jobs, fighting climate change, increasing economic development and hosting new “town commons”.

  • Presenter: Tim McCollow, Home Gr/own Program Manager, Environmental Collaboration Office, City of Milwaukee

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