NEWS24/680 readers prepared themselves for a long Independence Day Weekend Friday as a soft wind blew across artfully crafted lattes and workers preparing the first of a series of “parklets” planned to draw pedestrians to downtown Lafayette in the coming months.
Readers were able to get a firsthand look at the construction process and get their morning coffee from the window seats at Panache Caffé in Lafayette, passersby stopping to look at the framework footprint capturing a couple of former parking spaces in front of the coffee shop.
Pleasant Hill resident Andrew Tilson watched the construction while cradling a newly purchased burrito from the burrito shop next door and said that while he supported the idea behind the parklet, he wasn’t sure if he would be sitting down in one.
“There isn’t a lot of protection from a passing car,” he said. “Maybe they will put that in later.”
City workers said they hoped to have the mini-park, or parking lot park, built by end of day Friday.
It will be interesting to see if they catch on.