With the emergence of sites like Kickstarter, crowdfunding has made people with big ideas but little cash have loved ones, friends, neighbors or even complete strangers fund their passions to make a dream a reality.

Portland State University recently used crowdfunding as a means to fund their South of Market Street Parklet, a project intended to create an attractive public gathering space to serve the neighborhood in desperate need of seating for a popular food truck community.

The parklets would include benches, landscaped plants and tables, perfect for those wanting to linger and enjoy Portland’s finest food cart cuisine. The impact of the parklet would encourage customers of the food truck lot to stay longer, giving a space for people to meet, patronizing the surrounding businesses.

The city has approved the project and the crowdfunding effort is to get the money for the materials for the project. The parklet, designed by Portland State University School of Architecture and the Institute of Sustainable Solutions, was also a good application for students to not only design the project but a valuable application on how to build a parklet. Students will assemble the project themselves upon the project being fully funded. You can go here to find more information about the project.

Bison Innovative Products manufactures all the materials needed to create beautiful public spaces similar to the SoMa parklet which you can see in the Bison Project Gallery. FSC Wood deck tiles, commercial cube planters and bench tops and adjustable deck supports are products that can be easily assembled a day (like this Bison Project in Minnesota). For questions on how Bison products could contribute to your parklet please contact us or download our Pop Up Parks Guide.


*Rendering courtesy of Michael Coon, PSU Master of Architecture Graduate 2014