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How to Build a Parklet or Streatery

If  you’re interested in building a parklet or streatery, you’re in luck! We’ve developed three new documents that explain everything you need to know to get your project rolling:

Parklet Handbook 
The Parklet Handbook is the starting place for any parklet or streatery project. The handbook details the application process as well as all requirements for designing, permitting, building, and maintaining your parklet. It also includes expected timelines for each phase of the project and estimated costs. You’ll also find tips for assembling a team and funding your parklet.

Streatery Supplement 
Because streateries are a new program—and because a streatery operates differently than a parklet—they are subject to a few additional requirements. The Streatery Supplement is a companion to the Parklet Handbook that outlines different or additional requirements and explains what you’ll need to consider when planning your streatery.

Forms & Examples Supplement
This supplement to the Parklet Handbook provides all the forms you’ll need to complete during the parklet and streatery process. Here, you’ll also find examples of previously-submitted parklet applications, concept designs, and construction documents.

We are now accepting parklet and streatery applications on a rolling basis. If you have any questions that are not answered in the Parklet Handbook or its supplements, please contact us—we're here to help! During the pilot phase, we will cap streatery applications at 15.

Funding Resources

Parklet and streatery projects can be costly design, permit, and construct. Parklet hosts, however, are often able to find outside funding sources and donated services and materials for their projects. If you're concerned about the expense of building a parklet or streatery, we can help connect you with a number of funding resources to reduce costs. We generally recommend looking into available City grants, crowdfunding websites, volunteer services, and partnerships with other organizations to get your project rolling.

We've also compiled a list of professional design firms that are offering pro bono or reduced cost design services for parklet and streatery hosts. We'll continue to update this list as we hear back from other firms, but please contact us if you'd like us to connect you with any of these firms listed below.


Statement of Services

Project Groundwork

Project Groundwork is a small Landscape Architecture studio in Seattle focusing on urban design, residential, commercial and mixed use landscapes.  We can offer pro-bono design help for a streatery or parklet project, particularly near our Leary Way office between Ballard and Fremont. We can contribute these services:

  • Early concept development – visualizing the new space, conceptual renderings, 3-d visualization, early planning guidance, site planning, planting layout – offered pro-bono.
  • Construction drawings – offered for a negotiate fee
  • Construction assistance – depending on scope, potentially offered pro-bono or negotiated

DeForest Architects +

DeForest Architects is a small firm with an inventive spirit. To us, design isn't about big egos, big budgets, and getting published. It's about new ways of bringing people, building, and ideas together to make a difference. Many firms focus on 'the what' of design; we are equally interested in the who, how, and why. How can we make design a more rewarding, creative experience? Why does it matter to you, your business, and our community? DeForest Architects would like to contribute pro bono conceptual design to a Seattle parklet or streatery. We look forward to hearing from you!


As part of our Social Responsibility Initiative, Perkins+Will provides pro bono services for programming, visioning, branding, feasibility studies, and architectural and interior design.  We are passionate about utilizing our design expertise to give back to our local community.


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