Seattle Pilot Parklet Program
Parks in parking spaces? That’s right, and they’re in 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 more than 80 parklets and adds more every year.
As part of Seattle’s Public Space Management Program, the Pilot Parklet Program explores whether a permanent parklet program is a good fit for Seattle. Parklets aim 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 and community organizations to permit pilot parklets in Seattle. Three parklets were designed and permitted in 2013 as part of the first phase of the pilot program, and SDOT has selected 10 additional parklet locations to move through the permitting process for construction in mid-2014. City staff will evaluate the success of the pilot parklets throughout the year and make a formal recommendation about a permanent parklet program later this year.
Having a hard time getting your head around the concept? Check out the parklet that was built outside Montana Bar in Capitol Hill or 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 currently 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
March to June 2014 — SDOT works with new parklet hosts on design and permitting
Early Summer 2014 — New pilot parklets open
Summer and Fall 2014 — SDOT evaluates pilot parklets
Late 2014 — SDOT presents evaluation results and makes a recommendation on permanent parklet program