Pilot Parklet Program Extended – Apply Now!

Want to host a parklet? Check out the Montana Bar parklet on Capitol Hill to get some ideas! (Photo courtesy of Capitol Hill Blog)

Want to host a parklet? Check out the Montana Bar parklet on Capitol Hill to get some ideas! (Photo courtesy of Capitol Hill Blog)

Have a creative idea for a small public space in your neighborhood? Now is your opportunity to pitch that idea by applying to become a parklet host!

Seattle’s Pilot Parklet Program was launched in summer 2013 to explore how well parklets serve our neighborhoods. Parklets convert one or two on-street parking spaces into public open space and help to activate the right-of-way, promote economic vitality, and create more vibrant neighborhoods. They are privately funded and maintained but open for everyone to enjoy.

SDOT is extending the Pilot Parklet Program through 2014 and is now accepting applications for new parklets. We’ll permit five new parklet locations in 2014—successful applicants will be announced in mid-March—and then we’ll evaluate all of the pilot parklets after they’re installed.

Completing an application is easy! You’ll need to prepare a simple site plan showing the ideas for your parklet, collect at least two letters of support from businesses or residents near the proposed parklet, snap a few photos of the parklet location, and write a paragraph or two explaining why you want to host a parklet. Visit the program website for more information and to download the application guidelines.

Need a little more inspiration? Visit our parklet gallery to see photos of parklets in other North American cities. But don’t wait too long to develop your own parklet ideas…All application materials must be emailed to jennifer.wieland@seattle.gov by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2014.