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A Different Kind of Trailer Park: A Mobile Public Park

I just had to show you this concept called Trailer Park.

It’s a mobile public park in the New York City area.

The interior of a travel trailer (14′ x 8′ x 7′) has been transformed into a real park.

That means hand laid bricks, plants, wooden benches, a water fall, fish pond, and skylights all inside of the trailer.

Tiny Mobile Public Park?

© Kim Holleman

© Kim Holleman

Yes! Learn and see more below:

This mobile public park was designed and built by Kim Holleman with the help of students and interns.

© Kim Holleman

© Kim Holleman

The idea became real when she bought an 18′ Coachmen travel trailer on eBay to start the project.

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© Kim Holleman

By now it has travelled all over areas surrounding New York City like Manhattan, Uptown, Downtown, Brooklyn and more.

© Kim Holleman

© Kim Holleman

Mobile Public Park

© Kim Holleman

© Kim Holleman

© Kim Holleman

© Kim Holleman

Kim Holleman at TEDxCooperUnion Speaking about her Trailer Park

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  • Sally February 27, 2014, 2:55 pm

    And knowing how big those trailers are NOT, the plants are at a perfect height for the smaller visitors. Congratulations to her for being pro-active and sharing some natural beauty in a concrete world.

  • Faye Geller February 27, 2014, 3:55 pm

    A beautiful vision brought to life and shared freely a world hungry for the natural world of plants. Bringing peace to mans soul is an amazing mission in these troubled times. Wonderful seed this young woman planted.

  • Comet February 27, 2014, 6:58 pm

    This is very sweet; would love to see some living creatures in there altho this might make it hard to move—fish or reptiles or even a tortoise or two!

    • Donna February 21, 2015, 2:17 am

      Alex mentioned a fishpond right after he mentioned the waterfall so I would assume there are fish in the fishpond.

  • Dominick Bundy February 27, 2014, 8:22 pm

    It’s all very nice , I guess, but i still don’t see what the objective here is about? Why create this very small movable “park”. When all that time and energy could have been used to restore that old trailer into it’s original glory, The way it was when it came off the assembly line, only with up dated amenities.

    • Kim Holleman June 13, 2014, 4:38 am

      Dear Dominick Bundy,
      Because that was not the point. The world doesn’t need more vehicles or trailers. If I had restored it, what would I have been? Just a trailer enthusiast restoring an old trailer, end of story- a story of one, ground-breaking to none. By rebuilding it to contain a portable eco park, in the middle of NEW YORK CITY, I effectively made a solution to the lack of connection to nature. The best part? It’s portable. The best of all best parts? The time a 6 year old boy who was born and raised in the Bronx, NY walking in and gasping and then saying, “is this real”? Or the Autistic children that use it to calm themselves in the middle of something like the World Maker Faire, or even better, the man who visited and wrote in the guest book, “if there was one of these every street corner, crime would go down”. People from 30 countries and thousands of people in NY have visited Trailer Park and written of their personal, moving and even deeply intellectual experiences of being inside Trailer Park. I think if you consider the context of Trailer Park more carefully and perhaps watch the TEDx video, you might have a deeper understanding of not just this project, but the power of art in general. Thanks for your comments, Dominick.

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