New Downtown Parklet opens

The new Chromer Building Parklet is open at 2nd Ave at Pike St (1516 2nd Ave.) featuring spaced concrete blocks for seating in addition to chairs, tables and games (large Jenga blocks, and Connect 4).

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Urban Visions manages the Chromer Building and hosts the new parklet adjacent to their recently-renovated building. The parklet is downtown’s first and the largest to open in SDOT’s Pilot Parklet Program.

Shannon Nichol of parklet designer Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, talks about the space utilization with SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Downtown Seattle Association CEO Jon Scholes, and Greg Smith Urban Visions Founder

Shannon Nichol of parklet designer Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, talks about the space utilization with SDOT Director Scott Kubly, Downtown Seattle Association CEO Jon Scholes, and Greg Smith, Urban Visions Founder

The parklet will offer a unique public space in the Downtown core featuring seating, art, bike parking, and different types of programming. Parklets are small community gathering spaces built in a few on-street parking spots, are a cost-effective way to activate streets, create more vibrant neighborhoods, and promote economic vitality. The Chromer Building parklet will be the fifth parklet to open in the Pilot Parklet Program.

SDOT Director Scott Kubly says it's a great addition for all to use and enjoy.

SDOT Director Scott Kubly says it’s a great addition for all to use and enjoy.

Seattle now has five parklets open, and another 10 to open in the coming months. Parklets are now open at Montana Bar (Capitol Hill), Oasis Tea Zone (Chinatown/International District), Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream (Wallingford), and Cortona Café (Central District). The Chromer Building parklet (Downtown). SDOT is continuing to work with the following parklet hosts to permit their parklets:

  • City Hostel Seattle in Belltown (2327 2nd Ave)
  • Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse in Madison Valley (2818 E Madison St)
  • 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)
  • Uptown Alliance at SIFF Cinema in Uptown (511 Queen Anne Ave N)
  • U District Advocates in the University District (1316 NE 43rd St)
  • Delancey in Ballard (1415 NW 70th St)