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Business Pitches First Evanston Parklet

Posted by on June 6, 2014 - 3 Comments

Hewn in Evanston, IL

There are parklets everywhere, but not one in Evanston, Illinois.  The bakery Hewn has teamed up with the City of Evanston to change that.  Located a few stores away from and No Boundaries, we are frequent visitors of the bakery. Like most who frequent Dempster Street, we are constantly looking for a place to sit and enjoy the outdoors. By converting a twenty- minute parking space into a parklet at 810 Dempster St., Evanston, IL, they are hoping to improve their overall appearance as a community based suburb while inviting others to use the space as a place to meet with neighbors and friends.  Personally, I am all for it!  I may not live in Evanston, but some friends of mine do and they really enjoy it.

Similar to improving Evanston’s public parks and overall community, creating this parklet would be an excellent stepping stone for the community of Evanston.  Since it takes small steps to create something large, what better way for Evanston to expand into creative and more trusting community than creating this parklet?

It would also work well for the Evanston families.  By creating this hang out spot on Dempster Street, parents could let their kids hang out while they do some shopping in the area.  Bringing families and friends closer together can help Evanston be more family friendly and likely draw more people to live in the area.  This parklet would be a small stepping-stone on the path of success for the Evanston Community.

Want to help? How can you get involved? Hewn has started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the Parklet project.  Go to their Kickstarter page here and donate to this great project.  following link and let’s give Evanston their very first parklet!

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Adrian Drower This article was written by Adrian, one of our No Boundaries participants. NO BOUNDARIES – Train for Work, Train for Life, a Search, Inc. enterprise, is a “first-of-its-kind” experiential on-land and on-line workplace training center for individuals with disabilities.


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Matthew Lachapelle says:
Jun 09, 2014

I love what i read it would be great to gluten free bread there also it will be great to have. What say if a person comes in and has gluten how would that be good for the Hewn that they would not have gluten free foods there.

Sharon says:
Jun 09, 2014

What an idea! I can’t wait to stop by on my next ride down Dempster St. Thank you for letting us know about parklets in Evanston.

Susan Cherco says:
Jun 10, 2014

This is a great idea. I am chair of the Evanston Age Friendly Task Force and will forward this information to the Outdoor Spaces and Buildings Committee chair person. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have parklets all over Evanston!

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