Historic Kennett Square’s South Broad Street parklet is an example of a larger-scale placemaking project that is making Kennett Square more liveable and lovable. Photo: Braxton Blomgren

Kennett Placemakers, Kennett Square’s first placemaking competition brought to you by Historic Kennett Square and Square Roots Collective, invites creative people from every generation, background, and profession to pitch an idea that, if physically implemented in the Borough of Kennett Square, would make it a better place for people.

See below for a link to some examples from Kennett Square and around the country.

How do you enter?

  1. Brainstorm. Dream up a project that would make Kennett an even better place for people.
  2. Once you have your idea, think about what resources you might need—volunteers, skills, materials, space? (Remember that the budget is $1,000.)
  3. Submit your project idea to Historic Kennett Square using this form. All submissions must be received by 5pm on Friday, October 22, 2021.

The Details

Historic Kennett Square will choose three projects from all adult entries, and these individuals/teams will present their ideas to a live audience at the How We Build Matters speakers series event on November 11, 2021. The audience at that event will vote for their favorite project, and the winner will receive $1,000 to implement their project. By choosing an idea together, we’ll be taking one small step towards make our community an even better place.

  • Submission deadline: October 22, 2021.
  • Your idea should have a scope that can be implemented for approximately $1,000 and finished by June 2022. The finished product should be something that is safe for all ages, functions unattended, exists within the footprint of the Borough of Kennett Square (map here), and is feasible to implement.
  • The staff of Historic Kennett Square will narrow down the submissions to three finalists. All finalists will pitch their ideas in front of a live audience at the How We Build Matters speakers series event on November 11, 2021. The winners will be selected by audience vote and announced that evening.
  • With guidance from HKS, all necessary permits must be applied for by the winner and approved by the Borough prior to project implementation. Historic Kennett Square will guide the winner to secure necessary approvals from the Borough and assist as needed throughout the project’s implementation.


Full contest rules

Who may enter the adult Kennett Placemakers competition?
Project Rules
  • Must be focused on the general theme of making Kennett Square a better place for people.
  • Design and target location must be specified.
  • The project’s scope must be such that it can be successfully implemented for a total cost of no more than $1,000.
  • The space created must be safe for all ages.
  • The project must function unattended (i.e., no event type installation).
  • The project must be feasible to implement by June 1, 2022.
  • The project must be implemented within the Borough of Kennett Square (map here).
Pitch Rules
(for finalists presenting at the KSQ Speaker Series: How We Build Matters event on November 11th)
  • Presentation must be no more than 3–5 minutes long.
  • A digital presentation format is recommended.
  • Presentation will be on stage in front of a live audience.
  • No more than two people will be allowed to present—preferably one person from a team will present.
  • Should your entry be selected as a semi-finalist, digital presentation must be submitted to Historic Kennett Square by Monday, November 1, 2021.
  • Presenters will not be required to answer questions from the audience but will be asked to respond to questions prepared by the event moderators.
Winner Requirements
  • Winner must be flexible and open to working with HKS on project implementation to deliver a finished project by June 1, 2022.
  • The $1,000 prize will cover the costs of the project implementation; the money will not be dispersed to the person(s) who win. Historic Kennett Square will hold the prize money to pay for the cost of implementation.
  • If an audience member wants to contribute additional money to the winning idea, they may do this directly through Historic Kennett Square.


Find Placemaking Project Examples and Resources Here

Click here for Kennett Placemakers adult entry form.