activating Cincinnati's parklets

What would you do if suddenly you found a parklet outside your house on a mostly unknown street in OTR?
If you are Matt Anthony and you had a child, you'd team up with the Play Library just a couple blocks away and create a family night to engage other families in OTR. And that is just what Anthony has done. Beginning a couple weeks ago and going through the end of August, every Wednesday night 5-9pm families can enjoy games loaned out from the Play Library. Anthony has no connections to the creation of the parklet or its location but as the closest resident he felt ownership in seeing that the parklet is successfully used and enjoyed.
Once he discovered the Play Library was planning a family night anyhow he volunteered to start staffing the parklet with a range of games for an open community night.
Anthony would love to recruit other parents that can help staff game night and make it more of a community effort. He has been successful in attracting kids from a one block or so radius but would love to see more other OTR/Downtown families show up and get involved.
In addition to Anthony, I've spotted MetroLAB faculty member Michael Zaretsky and his family using the parklet. Professor Zaretsky taught the studio that designed four temporary parklets last summer that lead to the design of the current parklet. You can see them HERE, they were amazing for only being temporary and put together from pallets. Zaretsky says he is thrilled that Matt has begun the family nights in the parklet.

The parklet is located on Pleasant St (map) two and a half blocks north of Washington Park and a block and a half south of Findlay market. Bring the kids and meet Matt Anthony and his family every Wednesday night through the end of August for fun and games.

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