Real estate investment and management firm Jamestown plans to open for the summer what it calls Newbury Street’s first popup parklet on July 8—the first of three Sundays this season when the city will close Back Bay’s famed shopping drag to vehicular traffic.
The parklet—which is exactly what it sounds like: a tiny park—will be constructed from ipe, a hardwood naturally resistant to rot and decay. It will cover two parking spaces and include greenery as well as seating. UrbanMeritage, another Newbury Street retail landlord, helped develop the project with Jamestown.
A release from the latter promises that the parklet will create “a cafe-style atmosphere for Newbury shoppers to take in the sights and sounds of Boston’s most famous retail corridor.”
It will also travel. The company plans to site the parklet at three different locations throughout the summer: Outside of Thinking Cup Coffee at 85 Newbury; outside of Shake Shack at 234 Newbury; and outside of Pavement Coffeehouse/Pressed Juicery at 286-288 Newbury.
And just how can it move so easily? The parklet—which a collaboration between Jamestown and Kyle Zick Landscape Architecture designed—is movable via forklift and flatbed truck.