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The pilot program objective is to encourage pedestrian engagement with the urban environment by supporting positive streetscape activity through the creation of alternative public space.

What is a parklet?
A parklet is a temporary space in the street dedicated for public use. It is an expansion of the existing sidewalk designed for the public to relax and enjoy the city.
Where can I see parklets?
In 2014, parklets in the pilot program will be at:
2007 Emerson Avenue N - hosted by Juxtaposition Arts & Urban Homeworks
212 3rd Avenue N - hosted by Martin Patrick 3 & Transwestern at Colonial Warehouse
2451 Nicollet Avenue S - hosted by Spyhouse Coffee
Parklet at Juxta
(Photo by Paul Mogush. Minneapolis pilot parklet at Juxtaposition Arts.)
Parklets in the pilot program must:
·         be in commercial corridors,
·         be on a street under the City’s jurisdiction (not a county or state road),
·         be placed in a designated, unrestricted parking lane,
·         be on streets where traffic speeds are appropriate,
·         not interfere with existing drainage patterns,
·         be in areas where there’s demonstrated support for parklets,
·         not block any critical infrastructure (such as fire hydrants).
Is a parklet private or public?
The parklets in the pilot program are public spaces. In the future, the City will consider and evaluate the feasibility of private or semi-private parklets.
Who maintains parklets in the pilot program?
The day-to-day upkeep of parklets in the pilot program is the responsibility of the parklet host. Repairs and other maintenance to parklets is done by Public Works. The installation and removal of the parklets in the pilot progam is the responsbility of Public Works.
Parklets in the pilot program include a pre-fabricated, modular wood deck platform, custom aluminum planting cubes with cable railing, and café tables and chairs.
Pilot parklet elements. Minnesota native plant species. Planter boxes are welded aluminum, dimensions: 1'x 4'. Decking is modular hardwood, finished dimension: 32'x 6'. Movable cafe tables and chairs.
·         Pilot parklets are open to the public. 
·         Pilot parklets are City-owned and will be repaired and maintained by Department of Public Works.
·         Pilot parklets are positioned adjacent to the sidewalk and will be 32’ long by 6’ wide.
·         Pilot parklets will include flexible bollards and wheel stops.
·         Pilot parklets require a letter of support from business/property partner committing to host the pilot parklet for the term of the installation.
·         Pilot parklet hosts are responsible for day-to-day management and upkeep, including debris removal, garbage clearing, plant pruning and watering and securing furniture at night.
Parklet pilot sites have been selected based on several criteria including traffic volume, street operations, adjacent property uses, and drainage. Parklets in the pilot program have the support of the adjacent business/property partner acting as the pilot parklet hosts in addition to ward council member support for each pilot parklet location.
There will be future opportunities to participate in the parklet program. The City-owned parklet structures will rotate around the City.
Fall 2014, the City will be launching an application-based parklet program similar to the programs operated in San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia. Stay tuned!
For more information on the Parklet Pilot Program please contact:
Mackenzie Turner Bargen
Pedestrian Planner
Minneapolis Department of Public Works
Lacy Shelby
Principal Urban Designer
Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development


Last updated Jan 18, 2017



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