This summer, the Sudden Park popped up at the former Sahr’s Sudden Service station to activate the Horace Mann Neighborhood with a vibrant public space. Over four months the park has hosted eight public events including a neighborhood block party and a concert. That’s almost 1,000 visitors during public events only, not including everyday park use.
Two of these events were co-hosted alongside property owners, Kilbourne Group, with the goal of gaining critical insights to inform the future of the site. Though the timeline and design are still yet to be determined, we are incredibly grateful for all of the community input that has been given so far, and value these thoughts in the design process.
What's next for Sudden Park?
Thanks to some amazing volunteers, we have taken down the summer version of the park. In early November, the gas tanks buried under the lot will be removed for fire code purposes, and to get the site one step closer to its future use. Folkways is currently in process of developing concepts for how to continue to activate the site over the winter.
There will be continued community engagement regarding both the short and long-term use of the site and we hope that you will be involved. Every person who visited left their mark on this ever evolving space. On behalf of both Folkways and Kilbourne Group, we want to say thank you for your contribution to the Sudden Park. We will see you this winter!