Gensler opens parKIT, Washington, D.C.’s first-ever seasonal parklet

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A new parklet has popped up in Washington D.C., and unlike the short-lived public spaces that appear in parking spaces for PARK(ing) Day, this one is sticking around until mid-October. The seasonal space, dubbed parKIT, opened on July 14 and takes over two parking spots.

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parKIT features yellow triangular benches and planters and was created by two designers at Gensler who won an in-house competition for the project. (The parklet sits right outside of Gensler’s Washington office.

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Golden Triangle Business Improvement District funded the project and will be hosting small events with Gensler in the space once a week. “We are always looking for more ways for people to enjoy the outdoors in our great neighborhood,” said Leona Agouridis, executive director of the BID in a statement. “While we have many parks, this is a fun way to think differently about a part of our community.”

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(Flickr/ aueagle2006)

If you’re in the District and want to park it at parKIT, swing by 2020 K Street NW.

[h/t GreaterGreaterWashington]

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