City of Hart

Downtown Pocket Park

The City of Hart wanted to hold a public placemaking and design charrette to help better understand how the people of Hart would like to use a space designated as pocket park site in downtown Hart.

The number and range of activities and possibilities for what the pocket park space could provide was limitless. Hart asked Prein&Newhof to offer a few suggestions at their public placemaking charrette to help focus the conversation.

Prein&Newhof’s landscape architects stressed that according to the research done through the non-profit Project for Public Spaces, four key elements help make vibrant spaces: Sociability, Access & Linkages, Comfort & Image, and Uses & Activities. When all four of these are present, good things happen and spaces feel alive. In addition to the four above attributes of a vibrant space, Hart identified a desire for more family-oriented activities and the bringing together of people of all ages. P&N helped develop a concept plan for the pocket park and prepared a cost estimate to aid Hart in finding grants and funding to make the plan happen.


Matt Levandoski, PLA, Project Manager

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