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Seattle Pilot Parklet Designs

We have two parklets in Seattle and another 13 to come! In addition to the parklets at Montana Bar (Capitol Hill) and Oasis Tea Zone (Chinatown/International District), SDOT continues to work with the following parklet hosts to permit their parklets this summer:

  • City Hostel Seattle in Belltown (2327 2nd Ave)
  • Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse in Madison Valley (2818 E Madison St)
  • Equilibrium Fitness in West Seattle (3270 California Ave SW)
  • Tin Umbrella Coffee Roasters in Hillman City (5600 Rainier Ave S)
  • Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Café in Madrona (1416 34th Ave)
  • Cortona Café in the Central District (2425 E Union St)
  • Lost Lake Lounge and Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill (10th Ave and Pike St)
  • Urban Visions at the Chromer Building in Downtown (1516 2nd Ave)
  • Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Denny Triangle (1915 Terry Ave)
  • Uptown Alliance at SIFF Cinema in Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave N)
  • U District Advocates in the University District (1316 NE 43rd St)
  • Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in Wallingford (1622 N 45th St)
  • Delancey in Ballard (1415 NW 70th St)

Businesses and community groups applied in February to become parklet hosts and SDOT selected these locations based on their potential to provide a valuable community space, their geographic diversity, and their level of community support.

Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA) —
519 Sixth Avenue South in Chinatown/ID

The Chinatown/ID parklet is sponsored by the Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area, in partnership with Oasis Tea Zone. The parklet is located at the intersection of 6th Ave S and S Weller Street, outside Oasis Tea Zone. Featuring seating, tables, and planter boxes, the parklet provides a comfortable place to relax and socialize. The space also serves as a beautiful and accessible public amenity that fits with the unique character of the Chinatown/International District.

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Looking north along 6th Ave S toward the parklet seating area


Looking northwest at the back side of the parklet

Montana Bar — 1506 East Olive Way in Capitol Hill

The Montana Bar parklet opened in September 2013 and is located near the intersection of East Olive Way and East Howell Street. The parklet features a standing-height ledge and planter boxes. The parklet has two entrances: one at-grade with the sidewalk and another with steps. This space functions as an easily accessible place to enjoy the neighborhood and interact with the local community.

Adjacent to the parklet, Montana Bar has also built a sidewalk café, which is designated for use by restaurant customers and includes fenced seating. And just to the west of the parklet—in a space that was formerly designated as “no parking”—an on-street bicycle corral has been installed to increase the amount of bike parking in the area.

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The parklet entrance is accessible from the sidewalk outside 1506 E Olive Way


On-street bike parking is provided on the south side of the parklet
(image courtesy of Capitol Hill Blog)


Looking north along Olive Way toward the parklet stairs

City Hostel Seattle — 2327 Second Avenue in Belltown

City Hostel Seattle is approved for a pilot parklet in Belltown. This three-parking-space parklet includes ample seating, riser seating and a theater area, game boards, bike parking, and planter boxes. The parklet will add a social gathering place to the Belltown neighborhood.

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Birds-eye (or “plan”) view of the City Hostel parklet
(image courtesy of Boxwood)


Looking south at the front of the parklet along Second Avenue
(image courtesy of Boxwood)


Looking north at the front of the parklet along Second Avenue
(image courtesy of Boxwood)


Looking south at the back of the parklet along Second Avenue
(image courtesy of Boxwood)

Equilibrium Fitness – 3270 California Ave SW in West Seattle 

Equilibrium Fitness has been selected to host a parklet in the heart of West Seattle, near the intersection of California Avenue SW and SW Hinds Street. The team envisions the parklet as a place that brings the local community and businesses together for movement and relaxation. Equilibrium Fitness is in the concept design phase and is working to incorporate planter boxes, seating, and exercise equipment into the parklet.

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Equilibrium Fitness proposes a parklet on California Avenue that will provide opportunities for exercise and community gathering.

Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse – 2818 E Madison St in Madison Valley

The Madison Valley parklet, proposed near the intersection of E Madison Street and 29th Avenue E, is hosted by Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse. The host hopes the parklet will serve as a focal point and gathering place for the Madison Valley community. The parklet design will include seating, edible plantings, interactive art features, and adjacent bike parking.

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The proposed parklet in Madison Valley will provide new public
amenities on the north side of E Madison St.

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The two-space parklet will be located adjacent to
Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse at 2818 E Madison St.

Tin Umbrella Coffee Roasters — 5600 Rainier Avenue S in Hillman City

Tin Umbrella Coffee Roasters is the host of the Hillman City parklet and is working to improve the walkability and appeal of the neighborhood business district with this new public space. The host envisions the parklet to be a destination where local families can gather, sit outside, and enjoy a cup of coffee with their neighbors. The parklet is intended to beautify a long-neglected corner and invite additional pedestrian traffic to support businesses.

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The parklet proposed at Tin Umbrella will create a new community space in Hillman City.

Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Café — 1416 34th Avenue in Madrona

Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Café in Madrona have applied to convert one parking space on 34th Avenue to a parklet for community use. The hosts believe that a parklet will benefit this vibrant and family-oriented commercial core by providing a place for people to enjoy coffee or ice cream, socialize with children and pets, and listen to outdoor music. Business Owners of Madrona (BOOM), Hi Spot Café, Bottlehouse, and Molly Moon’s Ice Cream are all actively involved in designing the parklet and hope it will increase the economic and community vitality of Madrona. The parklet hosts are currently developing their concept design for the space, and more information is expected in late July.

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The block of 34th Avenue on which the parklet is proposed.

Urban Visions at the Chromer Building — 1516 2nd Avenue in Downtown

Urban Visions has applied to construct a parklet outside the recently-renovated Chromer Building at 2nd Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle. The parklet will offer easily accessible public space in the Downtown core and will help to activate the 2nd Avenue corridor. Urban Visions plans to include seating, plantings, and programmable elements in the parklet design. This parklet is expected to open in August, and the public notice period will begin shortly.

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Seating, plantings, and space for artistic installations
will keep the 2nd Avenue parklet active and engaging.

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The parklet proposed on 2nd Avenue will complement a vibrant food truck scene at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Pike Street and will tie nicely to the protected bike lane planned for 2nd Avenue later this fall.

Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream — 1622 N 45th Street in Wallingford

Molly Moon’s in Wallingford is designing a parklet adjacent to their store on N 45th Street. Molly and her team are working with the community to design a space that will allow ice cream eaters, their dogs, and friends to relax, socialize, and enjoy the neighborhood. The team is currently revising their draft concept design, so look for more details soon.

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Molly Moon’s has proposed a one-space parklet directly in front
of the Wallingford store…good news for ice cream lovers!

U District Advocates — 1316 NE 43rd Street in the University District

The U District Advocates seek to explore new public space opportunities around the future University District Light Rail Station by hosting a parklet. The proposed parklet will be located at the intersection of NE 43rd Street and University Way NE and will help to support businesses on the block of NE 43rd Street that are heavily impacted by station construction. The U District Advocates hope the parklet can serve as an “urban food court” and accommodate people who want to dine, relax, and mingle. The parklet may feature benches, umbrella stands, and planters to keep the space attractive and inviting. This parklet is in the concept design phase, and the hosts hope to be ready for construction in August.

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The proposed site of the University District parklet provides opportunities for public space due to Sound Transit construction just down the block. That’s a lot of room!

Uptown Alliance at SIFF Cinema — 511 Queen Anne Avenue N in Uptown

The Uptown Alliance has been selected to host a parklet outside SIFF Cinema on Queen Anne Avenue N at Republican Street. This space is located in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood and will provide local residents and visitors with a centrally-located public space to relax and gather. The Uptown Alliance envisions this parklet as a space for SIFF programming during events or the film festival and artistic features to express the community’s arts and culture identity. The parklet design includes seating, planters, bike racks, and a mini library. The concept design is complete and the parklet will soon move into the public notice phase.

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This rendering shows the parklet deck—with tables, chairs, and a lending library—looking east.

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The proposed parklet will be located outside SIFF Cinema
in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood.

Cortona Café — 2425 E Union Street in the Central District

The proposed 25th and Union parklet is hosted by Cortona Café and will convert one loading zone space and a portion of the adjacent planting strip to public space. The parklet will feature benches, planter boxes, a children’s play area, and an inviting space for people to gather, rest, and build community. The Cortona Café team is designing the proposed parklet to accommodate people of all ages and provide adequate open space for small community gatherings. This parklet is in the public notice and permit drawing review phase, and a permit decision is expected in July.

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The Cortona Café parklet will add a new gathering space to the neighborhood
and include numerous public amenities.


This rendering shows what the parklet will look like from street level (looking east).

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The parklet will be located on E Union St at 25th Ave.

Delancey — 1415 NW 70th Street in Ballard

Delancey is the host of the parklet in Ballard and is interested in building an active public space to serve the community on the fast-growing block of NW 70th Street between Alonzo Avenue NW and 14th Avenue NW. This parklet is still in the concept design phase and is likely to include seating, bicycle parking, and planters with edible vegetation. Delancey is hoping the parklet will increase the sense of community within the neighborhood and encourage people to walk and bike.

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A one-space parklet is proposed in front of Delancey.

Lost Lake Lounge and Comet Tavern —10th Avenue and Pike Street in Capitol Hill

Lost Lake Lounge and the Comet Tavern have been selected to jointly host a parklet around the corner of 10th Avenue and East Pike Street in Capitol Hill. The hosts are designing a parklet that will add pedestrian and green space to this busy corner of the city and support the neighborhood’s goal of encouraging more daytime activity along the Pike/Pine corridor.

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The corner of 10th Avenue and E Pike Street is the proposed
home of Capitol Hill’s second parklet.

Seattle Children’s Research Institute — 1915 Terry Avenue in Denny Triangle

Seattle Children’s Research Institute is designing a creative and engaging parklet outside their new offices on Terry Avenue between Virginia Street and Stewart Street. The parklet is part of a block-long temporary streetscape redesign that will include painting the surrounding street to enliven the space as well as planters, wood decking, bike parking, and benches in the parklet. The parklet will be complemented by additional landscaping along the block and a future bike share station. This parklet is in the public notice phase, with a permit decision expected by the end of July.

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The proposed streetscape redesign of Terry Avenue adjacent to Seattle Children’s Research Institute will create new gathering spaces and add significant landscaping to the block.

 

 

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