The Seattle Department of Transportation is pleased to announce the inclusion of three additional parklets in the 2014 Pilot Parklet Program:
• Equilibrium Fitness in West Seattle (3270 California Ave SW)
• Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse in Madison Valley (2818 E Madison St)
• Chuck’s Hop Shop in the Central District (2001 E Union St)
This brings the total for the pilot program extension to 13 new installations, joining three parklet locations that were approved in 2013 as part of the initial phase of the program. The parklet hosts will work with SDOT over the next several months to design, permit, and construct their parklets with the goal of opening this summer.
Parklets, which convert a small number of on-street parking spaces to public space, serve Seattle communities by activating streets and promoting economic vitality. After selecting 10 of 14 parklet applications in late March, SDOT received additional information and statements of community support for the applications that initially were not chosen for the program. Staff met with applicants to reconsider their parklet proposals and determined that the newly presented ideas for their parklets would make them excellent candidates for the program.
Expanding the Pilot Parklet Program to 13 parklets provides SDOT with additional opportunities to evaluate parklets in neighborhoods throughout the city before making a recommendation on a permanent program later this year.
For more information about parklets or SDOT’s Pilot Parklet Program, please visit http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parklets.htm.