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Seattle Parklet Program & Streatery Pilot Program

New Parklets and Streateries Coming to Seattle Neighborhoods!

Update (June 24): After reviewing applications from community groups and local businesses, we’ve selected eight streateries and three parklets to be installed throughout Seattle this year:

New Streateries:

  • Elysian bar (converting a portion of the existing Chromer Parklet to a streatery), 1516 2nd Ave
  • Montana Bar (converting the existing parklet to a streatery), 1506 E Olive Way
  • Comet Tavern and Lost Lake Lounge (converting the planned parklet to a streatery), 10th Ave and Pike St
  • Stoneburner, 5214 Ballard Ave
  • Mamnoon, 1508 Melrose Ave
  • Flowers Bar & Restaurant, 4247 University Way NE
  • TnT Taqueria, 2114 N 45th St
  • Some Random Bar, 2604 1st Ave

New Parklets:

  • Community Arts Create, 4248 S Orcas St
  • Mighty-O Donuts, 1550 NW Market St
  • Sugar Plum, 324 15th Ave E

The eight streateries are a strong start to the Streatery Pilot Program, which allows hosting businesses to offer table service within their parklets during their hours of operation. The new parklets are also the first to be planned under the permanent Parklet Program. Both parklets and streateries provide open spaces that help to activate streets and support local businesses.

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.

Example of a streatery in Portland, OR (photo: Portland Bureau of Transportation).

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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