Mayor and Carleton Students Unveil Vanier Parklet

A group of Carleton Architecture students unveiled their completed Vanier parklet with the help of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Friday, June 10.

The small wooden seating area, decked with flowers and a sloping roof designed to collect rainwater, is located at 49 Beechwood Avenue.

It is a part of a city-wide initiative to repurpose up to 25 parking spaces around Ottawa into outdoor seating areas for the public to enjoy between spring and fall.

Fourth-year students Tori Hamatani, Trevor Whitten, Mitchell Gray and Simon Petepiece designed the parklet, called Water Garden, as part of a design-build studio taught by Prof. Johan Voordouw.

They completed their design over the winter semester and began constructing the parklet in April.

The project has allowed students from Carleton’s Azrieli School of Architecture to build on their skills and work collaboratively with Ottawa community partners.

A second parklet, called Nuk, is being designed for the Glebe neighbourhood by students Jason Surkan, Ben Cottrill and Alex Marttinen.

The student groups were awarded grants from the Vanier and Glebe Business Improvement Associations to design and build the parklets.