How many times have you walked past the parklet in front of Montana bar and thought, “That was a good use of money.” Not yet? Maybe as the weather continues to warm it will start being used instead of standing in the rain and looking like someone who just got dumped. Well, at least its getting a friend.
As an extension of the 2014 Pilot Parklet Program, the Seattle Department of Transportation added 10 parklets to its roster, which are to be built and ready for summer. In Capitol Hill, the chosen location is 10th Avenue and East Pike Street, just in front of Lost Lake Lounge and Comet Tavern.
If you haven’t heard, parklets are small, privately funded and maintained structures for public use, built in the place of one to three parking spots, each unique. They’ve been tried and welcomed in other cities across America, most notably San Francisco where they originated, and 2014 will prove if Seattle’s climate and culture are as hospitable to the idea.
The Capitol Hill parklet in front of Montana was the first to be built in Seattle last year. Two others in Belltown and the International District were approved in 2013 and will be erected this spring. A list of the 10 newly-accept Seattle parklet locations is as follows:
- Tin Umbrella Coffee Roasters in Hillman City (5600 Rainier Ave. S.)
- Bottlehouse and Hi Spot Café in Madrona (1416 34th Ave.)
- Cortona Café in the Central District (2425 E. Union St.)
- Lost Lake Lounge and Comet Tavern in Capitol Hill (at 10th Ave. and E. Pike St.)
- Urban Visions at the Chromer Building in Downtown (1516 2nd Ave.)
- 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.)
- Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream in Wallingford (1622 N 45th St.)
- Delancey in Ballard (1415 NW 70th St.)
“We look forward to working closely with these new parklet hosts to explore how well parklets meet our goals of creating vibrant streets,” SDOT interim director Goran Sparrman said.
The Pilot Parklet Program was extended through 2014 to provide an opportunity for SDOT to evaluate parklets in a range of neighborhoods and conditions before making recommendations on a permanent program. The new locations were selected through a competitive application process based on their potential to provide a valuable community space, their geographic diversity, and their level of neighborhood support.
Additional information on the Pilot Parklet Program and new parklet locations is available on the program website at http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/parklets.htm.