I'm a Spark!
As Bae Bae's Greenhouse, I am one of two pilot parklets, aka Sparks, selected as part of the City of Pittsburgh's 2018 Spark Pilot program. The Spark program aims to create safe, active complete streets by creating extensions for sidewalk activities in existing parking spaces. I'm sponsored by Bae Bae's Kitchen and live in the 900 block of Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. I'm open to the public, and provide a lush setting for seating and gathering. Keep scrolling to learn more about how I provide a place to relax, collect rainwater and clean the air!
I track rainwater collection + air quality.
I'm designed as a smart green machine. In addition to providing a welcoming extension to the Liberty Avenue sidewalk, my structure filters air pollution and captures rainwater with air filtering plants, pollution-cleansing paint, and on-site rainwater collection. My plants have been selected for their ability to filter common Pittsburgh air pollutants, while a paint additive, PURETi, contains TiO2 nanoparticles that neutralize pollution-causing nitrogen oxides from nearby vehicles. My integrated rain barrel captures and stores rainwater from my roof, and the rainwater is used to water my plants. How much water is in my rain barrel? How clean is the air I breathe? I wouldn't be complete without digital sensors to monitor air quality and rainwater volume. Learn in real-time how I perform below!
Made possible by many.
My construction was made possible by the generous donation of money, time, and resources of many organizations and individuals.
My construction and maintenance is funded by the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.
My air quality and rainwater collection sensors are funded by Microsoft's Civic Technology Engagement Group, and my sensor design and programming was made possible by Ethos Collaborative, a local green infrastructure focused engineering firm.
Structural engineering services were provided by Earthspan, a Pittsburgh structural and civil engineering practice.
Thank you to the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Mobility and Infrastructure for their continued support.