City seeks partners to host City-owned parklets for 2022 season

March 9, 2022

The City of Minneapolis is seeking community partners to host City-owned parklets for the 2022 season. Parklets are unique public gathering spaces built in the right-of-way with seating, plantings and other amenities.

Neighborhood organizations, street-level businesses, nonprofits, community organizations and Special Services Districts are encouraged to apply to host a City-owned parklet. The application deadline is Friday, April 8. The City has three parklets to find hosts for.

City crews will set up the parklets at host locations in the spring after street sweeping is completed and will remove them in the fall. The City-owned parklets include the parklet structure (platform and planter boxes), plantings, chairs, tables, patio umbrellas and public parklet signage. Hosts are responsible for day-to-day maintenance, such as watering plants, picking up trash, talking down umbrellas on windy days, locking up tables and chairs when not in use and reporting any issues.

In 2021, City-owned parklets were hosted at the following businesses: Dollar & Up, 3653 Chicago Ave.; Butter Bakery Café, 3700 Nicollet Ave.; and Dancing Bear Chocolate, 4367 Thomas Ave. N.

The goal of the parklet program is to activate community corridors with fun public spaces that make neighborhoods more vibrant and support local businesses. Find more information about the parklet host application process on the City’s website or by contacting parklets@minneapolismn.gov.

A parklet next to Dancing Bear Chocolate.

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