The Seattle Department of Transportation has selected ten applicants to participate in the 2014 extension of the Pilot Parklet Program. The new parklet hosts will work with SDOT to design and permit a parklet with the goal of opening in early summer. The new parklet hosts and locations include the following:
- 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 (at 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)
Parklets are privately-funded and maintained structures that convert a small number of on-street parking spots into public open space. They activate streets, create vibrant neighborhoods, and support the economic vitality of retail and business districts.
Molly Moon Neitzel, owner of Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream and new parklet host, commented, “Molly Moon’s aims to be a community gathering place, and we’re hoping our parklet will extend our gathering space to the street. We hope ice cream eaters, their pups, and friends will use the parklet to take a seat and catch up, enjoying the neighborhood and seeing their neighbors. Our parklet will support sitting and playing, with spots to relax and chat and have fun.”
The Pilot Parklet Program, implemented though SDOT’s Public Space Management Program, explores how well parklets serve Seattle neighborhoods. The pilot program launched in summer 2013 with the opening of the first parklet at Montana Bar in Capitol Hill. Two additional parklets, hosted by Chinatown/International District Business Improvement Area and City Hostel in Belltown, were permitted during the first phase of the program and will be installed this spring.
“Seattle’s Pilot Parklet Program allows us to experiment with a type of public space that has worked well in cities across the country,” said SDOT interim director Goran Sparrman. “We were thrilled with the quality of applications we received and the citywide interest in the pilot program. We look forward to working closely with these new parklet hosts to explore how well parklets meet our goals of creating vibrant streets.”
The Pilot Parklet Program was extended through 2014 to provide an opportunity for SDOT to evaluate parklets in a range of neighborhoods and conditions before making recommendations on a permanent program. The new locations were selected through a competitive application process based on their potential to provide a valuable community space, their geographic diversity, and their level of neighborhood support.
Karen Haight, coordinator of the Tin Umbrella parklet application, shared her excitement at being part of the pilot program: “We are thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to create an inviting space on Rainier for the neighbors and families who call Hillman City home. The immediate support we received during the application process made it clear a parklet outside Tin Umbrella would be much appreciated. Our neighborhood has long lacked pedestrian-friendly outdoor spaces for our community to enjoy, and we believe this parklet will be another welcome step in Hillman City’s ongoing transformation.”
Additional information on the Pilot Parklet Program and new parklet locations is available on the program website at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parklets.htm.