First Parklet of 2017 Open in Ballard

Seattle’s ninth parklet opened in Ballard this month! Neighbors stopped by to help celebrate the opening of this cool, new, boat-shaped public space, hosted by Mighty-O Donuts.

The city’s newest parklet at 17th Ave NW and NW Market St.

The Mighty-O parklet was designed around a reused boat hull, and was celebrated with origami boat-making, boat races, and plenty of donuts. The parklet was hosted by Friends of Mighty-O Parklet, a local group of neighborhood volunteers, and funded by private donations and a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods grant.

Parklets help activate city streets, provide seating and community gathering spaces, and support local businesses. They can also take the form of a streatery which is a parklet that is a sidewalk café during business hours. Parklets and streateries are small-scale public spaces built adjacent to sidewalks within on-street parking spots. They encourage walking and biking by providing interesting places for sitting or talking with neighbors.

Parklet and streatery design, permitting, construction, and maintenance costs are funded by the parklet or streatery host. The design of each parklet or streatery reflects the character of the surrounding neighborhood, and complies with City safety and mobility standards.

Interested parklet or streatery hosts may get more information here, e-mail parklets@seattle.gov, or call 206-684-5267.