Naval Facilities Engineering Command

Parklets Bring Green to Urban Spaces

05/21/13 12:00 AM

Contact: James Johnson
E-mail: james.johnson13@navy.mil
Voice: (202) 685-0659

By James Johnson, NAVFAC Washington Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command Washington and local girl scouts teamed up to plant one of four large planters known as "parklets" on board Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling May 17.

The parklets, intended to create a green oasis in an urban setting, are part of a pilot project undertaken by JBAB Public Works Department's Environmental Division.

"The parklets will provide base personnel, residents and visitors an area to sit, relax and enjoy the outdoors," said Kevin Montgomery, NAVFAC Washington environmental planning and conservation product line coordinator. "Careful thought has been placed not only in the design and aesthetics of the parklets, but in their location as well. They will be found in a variety of areas close to youth and child development centers, eateries and other areas needing outdoor opportunities."

Two of the four parklets planned for the installation are now complete, with the remainder expected to be finished over the next two weeks. Each parklet has a horticultural theme: aromatherapy, pollinators, meadow, and rain-garden. They are mobile, and will be moved four times during the year.

The pollinators parklet can currently be found near the base library.

Local Girl Scouts helped complete the aromatherapy parklet during the environmental outreach event which took place at the Exchange and Commissary parking lot on May 17. The Scouts, who ranged in age from five to 11 years, earned community service patches for their efforts.

Feedback is being solicited to see if the pilot project should be considered for expansion to other military installations.

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