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Seattle’s first parklet opens today!

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After several months of planning and three days of construction, Montana Bar is opening the city’s first parklet at 1506 E. Olive Way. The parklet, which is permitted as part of Seattle’s Pilot Parklet Program, will officially open to the public at 5:00 p.m. today. Stop by to celebrate the opening of this new public space—and Montana Bar’s new sidewalk café—with us!

Parklets are small public places created by converting one or two on-street parking spaces into a neighborhood gathering space. Parklets have been effectively used in cities around North America as a tool for activating streets and creating more vibrant neighborhoods. Montana Bar’s parklet provides new public amenities accessible from the sidewalk, including seating, landscaping, and on-street bicycle parking.

All funding for the parklet is provided by the parklet sponsor, and the Montana parklet is a reflection of the great team behind the space. The Montana Bar owners worked with Boxwood to design the parklet, and Method Construction was the contractor that brought the design to life.

The Montana Bar parklet and the others in the Pilot Parklet Program will be evaluated throughout the fall to see how they’re being used and to gauge people’s opinions of the parklets. All comments are welcome; let us know how you use the parklets and what you think of them by sending a comment on our website.

More details and information on parklets are provided on SDOT’s Pilot Parklet Program webpage at www.seattle.gov/transportation/parklets.htm. We hope you enjoy Seattle’s first parklet!

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