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Seattle Parklet Program & Streatery Pilot Program

Apply Now to Host a Parklet or Streatery! 

We're excited to announce that it's now easier than ever to apply for a parklet or streatery! We've recently improved the application process by eliminating application windows and allowing businesses and community groups to apply for these programs on a rolling basis.

If you're interested in constructing a parklet or streatery by spring or summer next year, we encourage you to submit an application this fall. This will leave you enough time to complete the design, permitting, and construction of the space by the return of the warm weather. All the information you need about building a parklet or streatery in Seattle can be found on the "How To" page.

Concerned about the cost of a parklet or streatery project? We have a range of resources to connect you with funding opportunities and volunteer work, including a new list of firms that are offering pro bono or reduced cost design services for parklet and streatery hosts. See the list of firms here and contact us at or 206-684-5267 for more information.

Seattle's second streatery recently opened at Some Random Bar in Belltown (2604 1st Ave).

Parklets and streateries convert a few on-street parking spots into open spaces for all Seattleites to enjoy. They are cost-effective tools for increasing our city’s public open space, and have added to the vitality of neighborhoods around the world. Parklets and streateries are privately-funded and maintained and work to 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). The streateries built under the pilot program in 2015 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 and streatery 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 and Streatery Locations

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

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