Downtown St. Louis vacant lot to transform into ‘pocket park’

The event features games, freebies, food from Bailey’s restaurants, and more

ST. LOUIS – A vacant lot in downtown St. Louis turns into “paradise” this weekend.

Pocketparks, a nonprofit that reinterprets and redevelops unused land to provide recreational areas to communities, will host a pop-up pocket park May 14-16. The Pocket Park offers games, freebies, food from Bailey’s restaurants, and more.

The event prepares the permanent “DUC Park”, which will be groundbreaking this summer. DUC Park is named after its sponsor Downtown Urgent Care.

Samantha Lee is one of the people behind the project. She wants to turn empty spaces in downtown St. Louis into places to relax and unwind.

“St. Louis has a big problem with job vacancies,” Lee told 5 On Your Side.

She started sketching out her plan after passing an empty piece of land on the corner of Locust and 10th, the same area where the pop-up event will take place.

She believes the pocket parks will breathe new life into downtown.

“Gosh, we have such a cool city. It’s so underrated. Our streets are very deserted, often empty. Active roads are safer roads. Safer roads attract people, ”she said.

The pop-up event will take place on Friday from 4pm to 9pm, on Saturday from 12pm to 9pm, and on Sunday from 12pm to 4pm at 923 Locust Street.

Visit the Pocketparks website for more information.

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