ST. LOUIS ( -- A new push is now taking shape to clean up St. Louis.

Pocket Parks' goal is to turn small vacant lots in the city into pocket parks. The parks are mini parks or gardens that are open to the public. The group hopes to create a networks of parks across the region. 

Pocket Parks hosted an event at a vacant lot in downtown St. Louis at the corner of Locust and 10th Streets to show how the parks can enhance the desirability of an area and encourages foot traffic. They believe pedestrian friendly, active streets are not only safer streets but they also help bring patrons to area businesses.

"People want vibrancy and art work. The number one thing was outdoor seating and greenery. So, I think people just want to see some liveliness back on our streets," said Founder Samantha Smugala.

There will be more events over the summer, the organization is looking to make partnerships and collect donations to create more pocket parks throughout the area.

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