Greater City Providence

Putting those lots to use…

mini golf

Photo by TheMunkyHouse from flickr

Not everyone is a fan of golf. Some argue that golf courses are a tremendous waste of land, use too much water and pesticide simply to grow too much grass. George Carlin once said “Think of the brains that it takes to play golf. Hitting a ball with crooked stick, and then walking after it. And then hitting it again. I say pick it up, you are lucky found it. Put it in your pocket and go home, will you!”

Rarely, however, does one hear someone speak out against mini-golf.

In fact, mini-golf takes up much less land, perhaps less resources, and if you add a wind-mill or two… 😉

But how often do you see mini-golf in the city? Well, that’s exactly what “The Putting Lot” is out to do. According to their website,

The Putting Lot examines the relevance of empty space in the city. Located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this miniature golf course occupies what was once a vacant lot.

Regarding The Putting Lot, the website Inhabitat reports,

Its coordinators are soliciting artists, architects, and any other interested individuals to submit their design for one of the nine holes that explore the idea of urban sustainability, and winners will receive a $500 stipend to build and install their design.

This sounds like a fun idea! Could you imagine if a bunch of Providence’s many parking lots became a big mini-golf course?

More from The Putting Lot:

The use of empty spaces will play a critical role in the evolution of this neighborhood. Taking advantage of this moment of fluctuation, The Putting Lot explores the possibility of an alternate use for these empty spaces.

Maybe the Historic Parking District could become the Historic Putting District and be a nice compliment to the Grants-Lot Bocce Court!

Matthew Coolidge

Matthew Coolidge is co-founder of Greater City Providence. In addition to the occasional blog post about cycling, sailing, or urban rant, he works as an Electrical Engineer, often traveling to major cities and ports around the globe, or simply Warwick.


  • The Sierra Suites site would be a cool place for this. Close to AS220 and Trinity Brewhouse. Beer > Mini-Golf > Beer.

  • Grants Lot too maybe? Is that weekend market still there or did it move to Pawtucket?

  • They moved to that park at the end of Blackstone. What’s it called? Might as well be Pawtucket. I heard there might be a little weekend art thing happening elsewhere on Westminster this summer.

  • The small park is Lippitt Park, where (finally) a group of citizens is trying to get the WPA-era fountain there turned on (but it virtually is Pawtucket by then as others here have pointed out).

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