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The town received a third grant, of $50,000, from MassDOT's Shared Streets and Spaces program to pay for upgrades to the Medford Street parklet. These will include new seating, umbrellas and plantings, YourArlington partner Patch reported based on a town news release.

The parklet was identified for equipment upgrades because of its frequent use and prominent location on busy Medford Street. A section of Park Terrace will continue to be closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate the outdoor seating area and pedestrian plaza.

The Shared Streets and Spaces Program supports projects that promote public health, safe mobility and renewed commerce by quickly providing new or repurposed space for socially distanced walking, bicycling, dining, retail and bus travel. 

Upgrades will be installed as soon as the town receives the new equipment. The installations will remain in place until late fall 2021, at which point they will be disassembled and stored until next spring.

Not sure what a parklet is? See how they can transform parking spaces or go visit Medford Street.

To learn more about the shared streets project, contact Ali Carter, economic-development coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

June 15, 2020: Town's parklet program underway

This news announcement was published Thursday, July 15, 2021.