Pocket parks, or otherwise referred to as mini-parks or parkettes, are small parks that are commonly accessible to the public. First popping up in Europe after World War II, pocket parks were built more because of the scarcity of available resources, and not so much for their chic or design aesthetics. With many larger cities experiencing a rebuilding and reconstruction phase, building materials, funding and available labor was limited. As such, many of these cities did the best to dig out of the rubble and constructed small public parks in an effort to rejuvenate their neighborhoods and to harken back to their more peaceful pasts. By the time the 1950s rolled around, pocket parks had made the jump across the Atlantic and began to pop up in larger cities up and down the east coast, like New York, Baltimore and Philadelphia. The smaller costs associated with these projects made them very attractive to communities and provided their residents with a petite oasis of tranquility and relaxation.