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Seattle Parklet Program & Streatery Pilot Program

Applications Now Being Accepted for Parklet Program
and Streateries Pilot Program

Update (February 23): After a successful year-and-a-half long pilot, we’re excited to announce that the Parklet Program is now a permanent program! This means that Seattle businesses and community groups have even more opportunities to enhance our streets with public spaces.

As part of this launch, we’re also rolling out a brand-new approach to activating our streets: the Streateries Pilot Program. What’s a “streatery” you ask? Streateries combine the best features of a parklet and a sidewalk café by allowing a restaurant, café, or bar to use a parking space to create outdoor seating for their customers during business hours (like a café) and for the public during non-business hours (like a parklet).

The launch of the new Parklet Program and Streatery Pilot Program were announced on February 21 at the opening of Seattles sixth parklet in Uptown.

So what happens next? Well, the first parklet and streatery application window of 2015 is open! This means that all Seattle businesses and community organizations are now invited to submit an application to host a parklet or streatery. But don’t delay…there’s just one month until applications are due.

If you’re interested in applying for a parklet or streatery, we’ve got you covered. Our team has been hard at work developing helpful new documents that tell you everything you need to know about applying for and permitting a parklet or streatery. Please read these documents carefully to get started with your application.

The Parklet Handbook outlines all the requirements for designing, permitting, and building a parklet in Seattle. In the handbook you’ll find information about the application and review processes, siting and design guidelines, and host responsibilities. The Forms & Examples Supplement includes examples of application materials and contains all the forms that you’ll need for your parklet application. And finally, if you’d like to provide table service in your parklet, you’ll also need to read the Streatery Supplement that explains the additional design and permitting requirements for streateries. Visit How to Build a Parklet or Streatery for more information about these documents.

Application packages for parklets and streateries are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20 and may be submitted in person on the 23rd floor of the Seattle Municipal Tower (700 5th Ave) or electronically to parklets@seattle.gov

Parklets convert a few on-street parking spots into public spaces for all Seattleites to enjoy. They are a cost-effective tool for increasing our city’s public open space, and have added to the vitality of neighborhoods around the world. Parklets, which are privately-funded and maintained, activate streets, create more vibrant neighborhoods, and support economic vitality. To achieve these goals, SDOT is committed to ensuring that the right-of-way serves the traveling public—pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, freight, and drivers—and the people living and working along it.


Cortona Café parklet in the Central District

Following in the footsteps of successful parklet programs in other cities, we launched our Pilot Parklet Program in summer 2013 to evaluate how well parklets would serve neighborhoods and businesses in Seattle. The pilot program was extended through 2014 and the parklets were evaluated to determine how well they activated streets and provided useful public spaces for neighborhood businesses, residents, and visitors. The evaluation showed that the pilot program was a resounding success, so we formalized our guidelines, created a new handbook, and remove the word “pilot” from the program’s name. As of February 2015, the Parklet Program is a permanent Seattle program and applications for new parklets will be accepted twice a year.

The permanent program launch was accompanied by the rollout of the Streateries Pilot Program to explore new activation opportunities for parklets. For a small fee, streateries allow hosting restaurants, cafés, and bars to offer table service in their parklets during business hours (like a sidewalk café) and provide a public open space at all other times (like a parklet). As part of the February 2015 call for parklet applications, we will select up to 15 applications for streateries for the pilot program. These streateries will be evaluated throughout the year before a permanent program is considered.

Having a hard time getting your head around these concepts? Check out the parklets that have been built in Seattle on the map below or in the Parklet Gallery. You should also take a peek at our parklet FAQ, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Interested in hosting a parklet or streatery? Great! Visit How to Build a Parklet or Streatery and read through the Parklet Handbook and Streatery Supplement to learn how.


Seattle Parklet Locations

Permitting is underway for more parklets in Seattle! Check out the locations below:

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