What is a Parklet?
Parklets are publicly accessible seating areas that serve as extensions of the sidewalk by converting curbside parking spaces into vibrant public spaces. Parklets are social platforms for the community and are often developed through a partnership between local government, local businesses, and neighborhood organizations.
Despite their size and atypical location, parklets can contribute to the public space network and overall sidewalk experience by providing places to sit, relax or socialize. Parklets must be open for use by all members of the public and cannot be reserved for the exclusive use of individual businesses.
Rosslyn is home to the first parklet in Arlington County. It opened in May 2018. Parklets typically take over existing, under-utilized parking spaces and provide an extension of the sidewalk. They usually offer additional seating areas with greenery that softens the streetscape.
Rosslyn’s parklet is located at the corner of Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard, a space maintained by the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (BID). The space is open to the public.
Went to the following panels in 2021:
- Pedestrian Advisory Committee – May 12
- Disability Advisory Committee – May 18
- Parks and Recreation Commission – May 25
- Transportation Commission, information item – June 3
- County Board Request to Advertise – June 12
- Transportation Commission Action Item – July 1 | Presentation
- Planning Commission – July 6
- County Board Adoption of Parklets Program – July 17