The Parklets are Coming! Now, What are They, Exactly?

We spell out a few pros and cons to this new addition to our fine urban landscape
Open since June in the Chinatown–International District, this parklet is one of 15 in the works for the city’s urban byways


Parklets are miniature parks, funded, designed, built and maintained by the applicant (often a neighboring business) or community volunteers, so there’s no cost to taxpayers.

Parklets prioritize the pedestrian experience and aim to improve the neighborhood vibe, often with the addition of bike racks and seating.


Although the I.D. parklet did not take up existing parking spaces, on average a parklet usurps one to two parking spots in a city that is already notoriously difficult to park in.

Parklets are open to the public 24 hours a day, which has some residents worried they will become hotspots for homelessness, illegal activity and general late-night rowdiness.