Parklets are essentially about adding a seasonal public space amenity out of a humble street parking space. They provide a place to hang out and watch a neighborhood's street life go by.
Think your neighborhood could use a parklet? MOTU is inviting community groups to apply for permission to build parklets citywide out of two parking spaces. Interested groups need to demonstrate community support, and should be able to maintain the parklet once built.
There are precise design guidelines in the thorough parklet RFP
[pdf], and any locations proposed must be approved by the Streets Department. MOTU will help interested groups to make sure that parklets are designed with safety and quality in mind.
Once approved, MOTU will help community groups work with the Streets Department and Parking Authority during three rounds of installation this summer, starting June 1.
As an added incentive, MOTU will provide up to $5,000
to interested groups to help foot the bill for creating a new parklet. Ask MOTU’s Ariel Ben-Amos your questions about parklets via
or by calling (215) 686-9001.
The application deadline is Friday May 4, 2012.