Toolkit for Community Participation in Pocket Parks

In Mexico City, there are leftover spaces at a neighborhood level that represent an opportunity to improve the city's image, road safety, and quality of life; thus knitting together a symbiotic relationship between two dimensions: the social and the territorial. The Public Space Authority of Mexico City has acknowledged this huge opportunity by launching a strategy of converting small leftover urban or road spaces into a new kind of public space known as a Pocket Park (PP).

This document is intended for local governments and public decision makers who are involved in the creation, use, and maintenance of public spaces. The Toolkit for Community Participation in Pocket Parks offers recommendations on how to implement community participation processes for the diagnosis, design, execution and evaluation of small-scale urban projects. It is very important to note that the proposals within this document are only intended as guidelines, since collaboration with the communities should always be flexible and open to change, as well as able to adjust to the spatial and temporal context, and to the specific conditions of the urban project.

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