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What is a Parklet?

Parklets consist of on-street parking spaces that have been converted into vibrant public spaces. Parklet designs may include seating, greenery, bike racks, shade, and more. Studies show that parklets support community collaboration, activate streets, increase retail sales and promote economic development. Parklets are proven to not only create greener, healthier communities, but also increase neighborhood character and identity through creative and inspired design.

A Public-Private Partnership:

As extensions of the sidewalk, parklets are open to the public. However, a community partner, such as a business or neighborhood group, is responsible for spearheading the design, development, outreach, and maintenance of the parklet. Parklets are subject to review and approval by the City to ensure compliance with location, permitting, and design requirements.

About the Program:                                                

In early 2018, the West Hollywood City Council approved a parklet program to explore how parklets would fit and operate within the City’s context and character. A subsequent application period opened, where businesses and neighborhood groups were encouraged to apply, and ultimately three locations were approved:

  1. Bikes and Hikes LA (8250 Santa Monica Blvd)
  2. Miss Melbourne Coffee (1051 N Havenhurst Dr)
  3. Fiesta Cantina (8865 Santa Monica Blvd)

Next Steps:

The City Council will receive an evaluation report on the program and determine whether to approve an expanded program with any necessary modifications.

Documents

Main Documents

  • Parklet Manual - Serves as a guide to understand the goals, process, and policies for establishing a parklet in the City of West Hollywood.
  • Chapter 11.29 - Parklets of the West Hollywood Municipal Code - Details more technical and legal requirements for the Parklet Program.
  • Parklet Signage Template  - Required signage per the Parklet Manual. Link includes PDF and Adobe InDesign file. 

Questions

For any other questions, please see the FAQs below or contact the Parklet Program Coordinator, Garen S. Yolles at 323-848-6827 or parklets@weho.org.

What is the purpose of a parklet?
Are parklets open to the public?
Where can parklets be built?
How will the city select the winning parklet proposals?
The business next door is currently vacant. Can a parklet occupy parking spaces in front of adjacent buildings?
Do parklets require community support for approval?
Are parklets permanent?
Who can host a parklet?
What does an average parklet cost to build?
Can I drink alcohol in a parklet?
Can I smoke in a parklet?
I’m a business owner who loves my neighborhood and would really like to provide my community with a parklet, but the initial costs are kind of intimidating. Do businesses who sponsor parklets tend to
Who maintains a parklet?
Is the City of West Hollywood concerned about making parking worse?
How does the City of West Hollywood ensure parklets are safe spaces?