Seattle Pilot Parklet Program
Parks in parking spaces? That’s right, and they’re coming to Seattle!
Parklets convert 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.
San Francisco launched the first parklet program in 2009, and cities around the world have introduced their own programs since. San Francisco itself now boasts nearly 40 parklets and adds more every year.
As part of Seattle’s new Public Space Management Program, the Pilot Parklet Program explores the feasibility of launching a permanent parklet program in Seattle. The projects aims to activate streets, create more vibrant neighborhoods, and support economic vitality. SDOT is committed to ensuring that the public right-of-way serves the traveling public—pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, freight, and drivers—and the people living and working along it. The Pilot Parklet Program will create new public spaces while still maintaining a healthy parking supply and ensuring our streets continue to efficiently move people and goods.
SDOT is working with local businesses to permit three parklets this summer. City staff will evaluate the success of these parklets throughout the fall and make a formal recommendation about a permanent program later this year. If the City finds the pilot program successful, SDOT could launch a permanent program in early 2014.
Having a hard time getting your head around the concept? Head on over to our gallery of parklets around the world to take a peek at parklets in cities like San Francisco, New York, and Montreal. Our Pilot Parklets gallery features designs for the parklets in our pilot program, and will be updated with photos as the projects progress.
Got questions? Take a peek at our parklet FAQ, and feel free to contact us if you’ve got more. Interested in sponsoring a parklet? Give How to Build a Parklet a read to get a better sense of what’s involved. Curious to learn more? Check out a brief parklet history.
Pilot Program Timeline
August 22 — SDOT publishes permit decisions for City Hostel and Montana Bar
Early September — Parklet construction begins
Mid-September — First pilot parklets open (stay tuned for more information!)
Fall 2013 — SDOT evaluates pilot parklets
Late 2013 — SDOT presents evaluation results