Last October, CHS explained how some Capitol Hill parking spots in the neighborhood’s busiest entertainment districts could be put to even better business use — parklets:
“These are public space — anybody can bring food, etc from anyplace. No waiter comes out, serves you. These are not sidewalk cafes,” said Brian de Place, head of “Right of Way Management” for the Seattle Department of Transportation.
Spring has sprung and the Seattle parklet plan has a new driver:
There is a new position at SDOT in the Street Use and Urban Forestry Division; Public Space Manager; and with this new role there is hope brewing for more permanent parklets coming to a Seattle neighborhood near you. The re-purposing of parking spaces into miniature open spaces has grown from the latest soup d’jour for urban areas across the nation with San Francisco leading the charge and most recently followed by Los Angeles’ activity parklets to a more common wrench in the toolkit of cities as varied as Philadelphia and San Jose. Now it’s Seattle’s turn. Let’s give SDOT all of our support as they move forward.
The Daily Journal of Commerce’s SeattleScape blog reports that Seattle’s new Public Space Manager is Jennifer Wieland. Wieland told the DJC, “Seattle can expect to see the pilot program roll out this summer with several projects in Center City neighborhoods.”
Image: City of Seattle… and not realllly a parklet technically but that’s ok!