$50K grant boosts Medford Street parklet

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The town has used a $50,000 grant from MassDOT's Shared Streets and Spaces program to improve its Medford Street parklet.

YourArlington partner Patch using a town news release reported that the space includes such new furnishings as an at-grade accessible platform, solar-powered umbrellas featuring LED lights and phone chargers and plantings.

The town reported that the parklet will remain in place through Nov. 15 return next spring. 

The parklet was identified for equipment upgrades because of its frequent use after it was installed last fall. A section of Park Terrace will continue to be closed to vehicles to accommodate the outdoor seating area and pedestrian plaza.

The space is maintained through a collaboration between the town and local business owners. Town planning officials wrote the grant application, produced the parklet design and obtained the equipment with the MassDOT grant funding, while the Department of Public Works installed the parklet.

Abutting restaurants Gail Ann's, La Victoria Taqueria and Lucky Dragon have agreed to water the plants and maintain a clean seating area. Jessica Lane, an Arlington resident who owns Inspired Gardens, was the landscaper who provided the plantings.

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This news announcement was published Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.