Your design is the roadmap to your vacant lot project. Before you start implementing your project idea, you’ll need to have the end goal in mind. The process of creating a design can be a fun way to get neighbors involved. Give neighbors, young and old, the opportunity to sketch ideas for your lot, and you’ll end up with many possibilities. It’s a great way to create excitement about something coming in your community and inviting people to participate in the process of change.
Design is also a great way to advocate for your idea in the later phases of the process – to show potential funders the vision, to explain to future volunteers exactly what they would be contributing to, and to resource providers so they can help direct you to the most relevant materials and support.
When thinking about design ideas, keep in mind the following things: