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2016 Parklet Program Now Open!

Parklets are an innovative and cost effective way to add public gathering space to public streets. Parklets are streetscape enhancements, providing an economical solution for increased public open space. Parklets provide amenities like seating, plantings, bike parking and public art. While parklets are typically funded and maintained by neighboring businesses, residents and community organizations, they are publicly accessible and open to all. Parklets are located in the parking lane adjacent to the curb designed as an extension of the sidewalk. Advertising and other commercial activities are not permitted in the parklet.

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Program Goals

The goal of the parklet program is to make the City more livable, walkable and beautiful. This program is a step towards the enhancement of the public realm using new tools and techniques.

Program Benefits

  • Transform underutilized street space into vibrant public space
  • Support local business communities by activating community corridors
  • Foster community interaction and social engagement
  • Empower more groups and entities to provide pedestrian enhancements that contribute to livability


The City of Minneapolis Parklet Application Manual is intended to guide applicants through the process and procedures for applying to install a parklet. It provides a comprehensive overview of the program, policies, procedures, criteria and guidelines for creating parklets in the City right-of-way. Business owners, property owners, and other potential applicants are encouraged to read the manual prior to the application process.

Application Materials

Applicants must first submit online the Proposed Parklet Site: Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist (below), prior to application submittal.

As part of the preliminary screening process the City will review proposed sites for:

  • Potential conflict with upcoming street projects
  • Traffic patterns
  • Street regulations
  • Roadway geometry
  • Operational considerations

Please read the 2016 Parklet Application Manual to familiarize yourself with program requirements and guidance prior to submitting your proposal.


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Parklet Program Staff

Mackenzie Turner Bargen, Public Works, Associate Transportation Planner.
Lacy Shelby, Community Planning & Economic Development, Principal Urban Designer. 


The City of Minneapolis invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event within our city. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or should you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting 612-673-3737.

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Last updated Nov 8, 2016



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