Good or evil, Seattle parklets are here to stay

Mar 19, 2015, 12:53 PM | Updated: 2:40 pm
Applications for parklets in Seattle are being accepted until March 30 at 5 p.m. (AP)...
Applications for parklets in Seattle are being accepted until March 30 at 5 p.m. (AP)

For businesses such as Molly Moon’s, parklets are another way to connect with customers.

“We are just always looking for a way to engage with the neighborhood, beyond our front door,” said Molly Moon Neitzel, owner of the Seattle ice cream shops. “And the parklet works really well for us; to just bring that happy, summery, ice-cream eating energy out into the neighborhood.”

Related: Jason Rantz says parklets are symptomatic of Seattle’s anti-car bias

The Molly Moon’s Wallingford location is the only one with a parklet. It is even used in the winter, Neitzel said.

And the City of Seattle could have even more parklets in the near future. It’s actively seeking applicants for its parklet program.

The application deadline for parklets is March 30. The original deadline was March 20, but the city extended it by 10 days to “give more time to generate ideas and get the support of your neighbors.”

At the same time, the city is introducing a new option in the program this year called “streateries.”

Parklets convert on-street parking spots into public spaces. The city describes them as “cost-effective” tools for increasing the city’s public open space.

Streateries are similar to parklets. They are parklets and a sidewalk café “rolled into one,” according to the city. With a streatery, a business can provide table service to their customers within a parklet. When extra seating isn’t needed, those spaces could be used as public space.

The announcement of streateries and the ensuing parklet application deadline follows concerns over parking availability in Seattle.

The city’s Department of Planning and Development is working to establish a rule that could relax definitions in regards to determining if a developer needs to build parking.

However, the city said it is making sure parklets are not affecting parking availability.

“I think – unless it’s absolutely pouring – Seattleites are going to enjoy a parklet year-round,” Neitzel said.

Local News

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Pierce County deputies investigating death of 11-year-old

Pierce County Sheriff’s deputies said they were investigating the death of an 11-year-old girl in Midland, WA.
1 day ago
Gee Ursula One Seattle...
KIRO Newsradio staff

Thousands of volunteers give back to the community for One Seattle Day

Thousands of volunteers gave back to the community on Saturday for One Seattle Day, including KIRO Newsradio's own Gee and Ursula Show.
1 day ago
(Photo by Mat Hayward/Getty Images)...
Frank Sumrall

Mayor’s search for permanent Police Chief looms over Seattle amid depleting law enforcement numbers

Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell recently consulted with a hiring firm as the decision to choose the next Chief of Police heats up.
3 days ago
Seattle Sun...
KIRO 7 News Staff

Sunny skies, warm temperatures forecast for western Washington this weekend

Sunny skies and warm temperatures are forecast for much of western Washington, with some areas expected to reach temps in the 70s.
3 days ago
Student STEM...
Nicole Jennings

From athletes to mathletes: STEM Signing Day shines light on WA scholars

STEM Signing Day gives stellar science, technology, engineering, and math scholars a chance to shine in the same way as high school athletes.
3 days ago
Prison 900x506...
MyNorthwest Staff

Governor Inslee cancels parole determination for triple murderer

Governor Inslee has cancelled an order that granted parole to Timothy Pauley, who had been incarcerated for three counts of first degree murder in 1981.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles


Anacortes – A Must Visit Summertime Destination

While Anacortes is certainly on the way to the San Juan Islands (SJI), it is not just a destination to get to the ferry… Anacortes is a destination in and of itself!

Ready for your 2022 Alaskan Adventure with Celebrity Cruises?

Celebrity Cruises SPONSORED — A round-trip Alaska cruise from Seattle is an amazing treat for you and a loved one. Not only are you able to see and explore some of the most incredible and visually appealing natural sights on the planet, but you’re also able to relax and re-energize while aboard a luxury cruise […]

Compassion International Is Determined to ‘Fill’ a Unique Type of Football ‘Stadium’

Compassion International SPONSORED — During this fall’s football season—and as the pandemic continues to impact the entire globe—one organization has been urging caring individuals to help it “fill” a unique type of “stadium” in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Compassion International’s distinctive Fill the Stadium (FtS, initiative provides […]

What are the Strongest, Greenest, Best Windows?

Lake Washington Windows & Doors SPONSORED — Fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for window replacement due to their fundamental strength and durability. There is no other type of window that lasts as long as fiberglass; so why go with anything else? Fiberglass windows are 8x stronger than vinyl, lower maintenance than wood, more thermally […]

COVID Vaccine is a Game-Changer for Keeping our Kids Healthy

Snohomish Health District SPONSORED — Cheers to the parents and guardians who keep their kids safe and healthy. The dad who cooks a meal with something green in it, even though he’s tired and drive-thru burgers were tempting. The mom who calms down the little one who loudly and resolutely does NOT want to brush […]
Experience Anacortes

Coastal Christmas Celebration Week in Anacortes

With minimal travel time required and every activity under the sun, Anacortes is the perfect vacation spot for all ages.
Good or evil, Seattle parklets are here to stay