What is a Parklet?
A Parklet is a temporary seating area that replaces one or two parking spaces by extending from the sidewalk in front of the business and into the street. Parklets were first introduced in 2005 in San Francisco and today are a mainstay in communities small and large, from Fernie, BC to New York, NY.
More people and more activity creates a more vibrant downtown. Parklets help foster a sense of community by creating places for people to sit, relax, visit and enjoy the city. By converting parking space to people space, Parklets make cities more welcoming and people-friendly. They support local businesses by creating a sense of place, beautify the streets and establishing walkable destinations for residents.
As a pilot, the Heart of Our City committee will be gathering community feedback from businesses, customers and clients to determine if this is something that could become a more permanent fixture in downtown Lethbridge in years to come. If the community feedback in not in favour of Parklets in the downtown, the pilot project is inexpensive and non-permanent.
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How does the project work?
The pilot program offers two forms of support for business interested in establishing a Parklet in front of their business.
- Financial support for the design and construction of a Parklet in the way of a matching grant, up to $1,000.
- Lending City owned Parklet infrastructure to businesses at no cost.
With either option, the pilot program will also cover the $300 fee for a Parklet permit.
The Parklet Pilot Program is funded in combination between the Heart of Our City Committee, the Downtown Redevelopment Fund, and the Public Realm Enhancement Project.
The Parklet Program will roll out as a pilot between August and October 2019 with evaluation to be complete before the spring of 2020.
How to get involved
The Parklet Pilot program is available to any Downtown business that has on-street parking in front of or adjacent to its location. Businesses can apply for the pilot Parklet program through a simple application form. Successful businesses will be required to commit to managing the Parklet furniture and complete daily reporting on general activity on the Parklet as well as statistics on how having the Parklet has impacted business.
For more information review the information package below or contact Andrew Malcolm, Urban Revitalization Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-320-3926.
> Program information package