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Parklet Program

A parklet is a seasonal expansion of the existing sidewalk designed for the public to relax and enjoy the city.

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. 

Street cafés operate as an extension of a business, are located in the parking lane adjacent to the curb, and can be reserved for customer use only.

Juxtaposition ParkletPilot parklet elements. Minnesota native plant species. Planter boxes are welded aluminum, dimensions: 1'x 4'. Decking is modular hardwood, finished dimension: 32'x 6'. Movable cafe tables and chairs.

Photo by Paul Mogush. Minneapolis pilot parklet at Juxtaposition Arts                                                                

2017 Parklet Locations

People can visit all five locations and use #mplsparklets to share their Minneapolis Parklet experience on social media!


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.

2017 Parklet Application Manual (pdf) 

Application Materials

Applicants must first submit online the Proposed Parklet Site: Confirmation of Eligibility Checklist (below), prior to application submittal. Once your Confirmation of Eligibility has been received, City Staff will contact you within a few days.

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

Following approval of the site based on the Confirmation of Eligibility, barring any street conflict, applicants will be invited to proceed to the full application stage.

Please read the 2017 Parklet Application Manual to familiarize yourself with program requirements and guidance prior to submitting your Confirmation of Eligibility.


Confirmation of Eligibility


Map of community and commercial corridors, activity centers, and commercial nodes (pdf)

Parklet Application





Parklet Seasons Past  

2016 Parklet Locations

2015 Parklet Locations

2014 Parklet Locations

Contact Us

General Questions: [email protected]

Parklet Program Staff

Kelsey Fogt, Public Works, Associate Transportation Planner. [email protected]

Street Café Program Staff

Grant Wilson, CPED. [email protected]


Last updated Aug 8, 2017



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