We spent just a few hundred dollars, and used mostly reclaimed and donated materials, and only volunteer labor. Our friends at WOBO and EBBC, and especially the PLACE for Sustainable Living contributed tons of hours to help us get all the construction done. It was beautiful, I think.
It went to EBBC’s Bike After Work party in Old Oakland, where it was a big hit, then came back here for our Parklet Love-In, which was tons of fun – we had lots of friends and neighbors come out, and everyone had great things to say about the parklet. It got well used that day.
After the weekend was over, I disassembled the parklet into its components, and stacked it up on the sidewalk to get it ready to move into storage until we had another event or could get a permit for permanent installation.
Then the bad thing happened. I was so wiped out from all the parklet building, and other Bike Month things we’d been working on, that I left the parklet pieces sitting on the sidewalk for longer than I ought to. Someone (and maybe multiple someones) helped themselves to the pieces before I noticed and could do anything about it.
So we’re out a parklet. Which is sad. It’s not the money, or even the time I spent, that I’m sad about. It’s the fact that so many other folks gave their sweat and blood (literally) to get the thing built, moved, re-built, etc. I don’t want their work to have been wasted.
So, I’m trying to spread the word as widely as I can, and enlist whatever help we can get, to find and get the parklet returned to us. I’m relatively sure that the folks who took it didn’t think they were doing anything wrong, and if they get wind that we’re looking for it, they’ll bring it back home.
Please, if you’ve seen our parklet, let us know. If you took it, please bring it back. I’ll make it worth your while – no questions asked. No one here is angry – just sad and hopeful.
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