Public Works

350 South 5th Street
RM 203 City Hall
Minneapolis, MN  55415-1390

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Parklet Program

COMING SOON: 2017 Parklet Application Manual and Confirmation of Eligibility

A parklet is a seasonal expansion of the existing sidewalk designed for the public to relax and enjoy the city.

Parklets are an innovative and cost effective way to add public gathering space to public streets. Parklets are streetscape enhancements, providing an economical solution for increased public open space. Parklets provide amenities like seating, plantings, bike parking and public art. While parklets are typically funded and maintained by neighboring businesses, residents and community organizations, they are publicly accessible and open to all. Parklets are located in the parking lane adjacent to the curb designed as an extension of the sidewalk. Advertising and other commercial activities are not permitted in the parklet. 

Juxtaposition ParkletPilot 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.

Photo by Paul Mogush. Minneapolis pilot parklet at Juxtaposition Arts                                                                

2016 Parklet Locations

Visit all five locations and use #mplsparklets to tell us about your Minneapolis Public Parklet experience.


The City of Minneapolis Parklet Application Manual is intended to guide applicants through the process and procedures for applying to install a parklet. It provides a comprehensive overview of the program, policies, procedures, criteria and guidelines for creating parklets in the City right-of-way.

Business owners, property owners, and other potential applicants are encouraged to read the manual prior to the application process.

2016 Parklet Application Manual (pdf) 

Application Materials

Applicants must first submit online the Proposed Parklet Site: Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist (below), prior to application submittal. Once your Confirmation of Eligibility has been received, City Staff will contact you within a few days.

As part of the prelminary screening process the City will review proposed sites for:

  • Potential conflict with upcoming street projects
  • Traffic patterns
  • Street regulations
  • Roadway geometry
  • Operational considerations

Following approval of the site based on the Confirmation of Eligibility, barring any street conflict, applicants will be invited to proceed to the full application stage.

Please read the 2016 Parklet Application Manual to familiarize yourself with program requirements and guidance prior to submitting your Confirmation of Eligibility.


Confirmation of Eligibility


Map of community and commercial corridors, activity centers, and commercial nodes (pdf)

Parklet Application





Parklet Seasons Past  

2015 Parklet Locations

2014 Parklet Pilot Locations

Contact Us

General Questions:

Parklet Program Staff

Kelsey Fogt, Public Works, Associate Transportation Planner.


Last updated Jan 18, 2017