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We have six parklets open in Seattle and another nine to come! Parklets are now open at Montana Bar (Capitol Hill), Oasis Tea Zone (Chinatown/International District), Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (Wallingford), Cortona Café (Central District), Chromer Building (Downtown), and SIFF Cinema (Uptown).. And SDOT continues to work with the following parklet hosts to permit their parklets:

  • City Hostel Seattle in Belltown (2327 2nd Ave)
  • 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)
  • Lost Lake Lounge and Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill (10th Ave and Pike St)
  • Seattle Children’s Research Institute in Denny Triangle (1915 Terry Ave)
  • U District Advocates in the University District (1316 NE 43rd St)
  • Delancey in Ballard (1415 NW 70th St)

SDOT selects parklet locations based on their potential to provide a valuable community space, their geographic diversity, and their level of community support. Applications are now being accepted for new parklets and streateries and the new locations will be announced in early Spring.

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.


Parklet photos:

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.


Parklet photos:

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

Cortona Café 2425 E Union Street in the Central District

The 25th and Union parklet in the Central District is hosted by Cortona Café and opened in September 2014. The parklet features benches, planter boxes, a children’s play area, and an inviting space for people to gather, rest, and build community. The design accommodates people of all ages and provides adequate open space for small community gatherings.


Parklet photos:

The Cortona Caf parklet includes ample space for sitting and gathering with friends and neighbors.

Looking east towards the parklet on E Union St

The children’s play area at the Cortona Café parklet

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

The parklet at Molly Moon’s in Wallingford opened in mid-September. The parklet sees a lot of use, as ice cream eaters, their dogs, and friends relax on the grassy slope, socialize, and enjoy the neighborhood. This creative public space features swing seating, edible plants, and bike parking.  


Parklet photos:

The “grassy slope” at the Molly Moon’s parklet in Wallingford

Bike parking is provided on the west side of the parklet.

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

Urban Visions is the host for the Chromer Building Parklet, which opened in early December. This parklet offers a comfortable place to relax and socialize in the downtown core. The space includes seating, artwork, lighting, plantings, and programmable elements that are helping to activate and beautify the 2nd Ave corridor.


Parklet photos:

The Chromer Building Parklet includes space for programming and art.

Bicycle parking is provided on the south end on the parklet
with easy access to the 2nd Ave Protected Bike Lane!

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

The Uptown Alliance hosts 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 provides local residents and visitors with a centrally-located public space to relax and gather. The parklet design includes seating, planters, bike racks, and a film reel railing to express the community’s arts and culture identity.



Site photo:

The parklet is located outside SIFF Cinema
in the heart of the Uptown neighborhood.

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 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 will feature benches, tables, and planters to keep the space attractive and inviting. This parklet has completed the concept design phase, and permit drawings are now underway. The parklet’s recent Kickstarter campaign was a success, and the project is fully funded. Stay tuned for more information on the construction timeline.


Parklet rendering:

The U District parklet’s “urban food court” concept provides numerous spaces for sitting, dining, and socializing.

Site photo:

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!

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 as 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. The parklet’s concept design is approved and public notice will begin after the permit application has been submitted.


Parklet rendering:

The Hillman City parklet will add seating, bike parking, and plantings to the Rainier Ave S corridor.

Site photo:

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

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 has an approved concept design, public notice is complete, and final permit drawings are under review. Construction is expected in the spring before the building reopens.


Parklet rendering:

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.


City Hostel Seattle — 2327 Second Avenue in Belltown

City Hostel Seattle is approved for a 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. All permitting is complete for this parklet.


Parklet renderings:

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.


Site photo:

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

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 involved in designing the parklet and hope it will increase the economic and community vitality of Madrona.


Site photo:

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

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.


Site photo:

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 were 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.


Site photo:

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


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