It replaces only a handful of parking spaces and will take all of three days to assemble but the start of construction on Seattle’s first parklet still brought out a media crowd Monday on E Olive Way.
Montana co-owner Rachel Marshall held court with the TV cameras — and one neighborhood blogger — trying her best to be diplomatic with the sometimes confused TV crews. “90% of my customers are pedestrians,” she said when asked, again, about the loss of parking in front of her neighborhood bar.
CHS reported on the trial program to build three parklet spaces in Seattle earlier this summer. Montana co-owner Kate Opatz told us the bar approached the city about being part of the Seattle Department of Transportation program. SDOT’s Jennifer Wieland Monday said more parklets will be in the works next year if these early installations go well.
The E Olive Way addition designed by Boxwood will afford people a place to sit outside Montana and enjoy a treat from nearby Crumble and Flake or takeout from Kedai Makan. There’s no smoking and you won’t be able to bring a Montana draft cocktail onto the structure. The parklets use existing street parking spots and are paid for by merchants — on E Olive Way, thank Montana. The idea, Marshall said Monday, is to create a new kind of public space next to neighborhood businesses.
“It creates a meeting place,” Marshall said as hammering continued behind her.
The construction is expected to be completed Wednesday just in time for Friday’s 2013 Park(ing) Day.
UPDATE Thursday, 9/19/13 4:15 PM: Seattle Bike Blog calls the E Olive Way parklet an “instant hit.”