The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) has just released a call for new parklet applications, and you’re invited to apply. 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 support vibrant neighborhoods. They are privately funded and maintained but open for everyone to enjoy.
Seattle’s Pilot Parklet Program launched in summer 2013 with the opening of the Montana Bar parklet on Capitol Hill and the approval of parklets in Belltown and Chinatown/International District. The pilot program explores how well parklets serve Seattle neighborhoods; extending the program through 2014 will allow SDOT to evaluate parklets in diverse neighborhoods and conditions before making recommendations on a permanent program.
SDOT will permit five new parklet locations this year, and you could be one of those five! 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? Check out our parklet gallery to see photos of parklets in other North American cities. But don’t wait too long to develop your own park let idea.
All application materials must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 p.m. on February 28, 2014.