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Pocketparks Pop-Up Event Provides Glimpse At Reimagined Vacant LotPublic Invited to Enjoy Activities

Public Invited to Enjoy Activities; Help Plan Future Downtown Park May 14-16

St. Louis, MO (April 14, 2021) – A vacant lot at 923 Locust Street in downtown St. Louis will turn into a small parcel of paradise the weekend of May 14-16 when Pocketparks reimagines the space with a pop-up event featuring greenery, games, giveaways, food from Bailey’s Restaurants, beverages from STL Barkeep, and more. The activation is part of an effort by Pocketparks to bring streets and neighborhoods back to life, especially following the pandemic.

The public is invited to view the transformation, participate in the fun and provide feedback starting Friday, May 14 (from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and continuing Saturday, May 15 (noon – 9 p.m.) and Sunday, May 16 (noon – 4 p.m.).

“St. Louis has too many empty, desolate streets and underutilized patches of land,” said Samantha Lee, founder of Pocketparks. “Our goal is to turn vacant spaces into beautiful outdoor pocket parks that offer recreation and relaxation, attract people and help build up the ecosystems of communities. Active streets are safer streets.”

The corner of 10th and Locust is the first of many projects for Pocketparks. The pop-up event is preparation for the permanent park, which is slated for groundbreaking this summer. It serves to raise awareness, show the potential of the lot, gather community input, raise funds and find additional partners. Ultimately, this particular pocket park will be named DUC Park in honor of its naming sponsor, Downtown Urgent Care.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to help support the project. Food and beverages sold separately. All pop-up activities will be socially distanced and follow COVID-19 safety protocols. Attendees will be required to wear masks while not eating or drinking. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

About Pocketparks Pocketparks is a non-profit organization that reimagines and redevelops unused plots of land to provide communities with active and beautiful recreational areas. Through community engagement, the vacant lots are designed to meet the specific needs of the neighborhoods in which there are located. Each park incorporates three things: activity, artwork, and opportunity. Pocketparks are small, but make a big impact. Focusing on reactivating small outdoor spaces allows Pocketparks to create a quick impact without extensive resources. In addition to offering beautiful recreational areas, Parketparks projects help to increase safety, boost community pride, and contribute to economic development.

Established in St. Louis in 2021, Pocketparks plans to grow into a network of parks that sprawl across the region, and eventually expand to other cities and states. To learn more, visit and follow us on social media.


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