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:
- Bikes and Hikes LA (8250 Santa Monica Blvd)
- Miss Melbourne Coffee (1051 N Havenhurst Dr)
- Fiesta Cantina (8865 Santa Monica Blvd)
The City Council will receive an evaluation report on the program and determine whether to approve an expanded program with any necessary modifications.
- 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.
For any other questions, please see the FAQs below or contact the Parklet Program Coordinator, Garen S. Yolles at 323-848-6827 or email@example.com.
While parklets are public open space, business owners see an economic benefit of having additional public open space fronting their business. In July and August 2014, Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and Sam Schwartz Engineering surveyed nine parklets in Chicago to learn more about usability and economic impact of their parklets. Conclusions from the study included:
- 80% of businesses found parklets brought more foot traffic and customers
- Some businesses reported a 10% to 20% increase in sales due to the parklet
- 34% of visitors made unplanned food and beverage purchases
- 33% of visitors would be at home if not for the parklet
- 43% of visitors traveled ¼ mile or less to the parklet
- 57% walked to the parklet