This week the Seattle Department of Transportation announced three additional parklets that will be included in its 2014 Pilot Parklet Program. In addition to the one that is being built on 10th Avenue and East Pike Street in front of Lost Lake Lounge and Comet Tavern, two of the three new ones will sit on Capitol Hill’s boarders – one in front of Harbour Pointe Coffeehouse in on East Madison Street, and the other at Chuck’s Hop Shop on East Union Street. The third in West Seattle).
Why the additions? SDOT thinks that more parklets will help it evaluate the success of the mini public spaces before the city decides if parklets become a permanent program in Seattle.
“Parklets, which convert a small number of on-street parking spaces to public space, serve Seattle communities by activating streets and promoting economic vitality,” wrote SDOT Communications Director Richard Sheridan. Though based on use after the first parklet’s instillation in front of Montana in Capitol Hill, not everyone is convinced of their value.
Host locations will work with SDOT over the next few months to design, permit, and construct their parklets with the goal of opening this summer.
For more information about parklets or SDOT’s Pilot Parklet Program, visit www.seattle.gov/transportation/parklets.htm.